Windermere delivers on education commitment ahead of time

Windermere has reaffirmed its commitment to education by funding the delivery of private computer coding and robotics workshops for students at the Iramoo Primary School in Wyndham Vale.

Iramoo Primary School is located just 3km from the 363-hectare western Melbourne masterplanned community, which will deliver four new schools – two government primary, one government secondary and one combined private primary and secondary school.

The STEM Birds workshops are being delivered to Year 4 students on a weekly basis, in addition to the school’s core technology curriculum, and will initially run for the remainder of term two. Workshop outcomes will then be assessed in anticipation of continuing the program for the remainder of the school year.

The STEM Birds program is just another example of CGA following through on plans to assist its large-scale communities with their educational needs.

Indeed, giving back to the community in meaningful ways has always been integral to the DNA of CGA’s parent company, Country Garden, with education being a particular focus for its corporate social responsibility investments, along with poverty alleviation, healthcare and other charities.

Since commencing in 1992, the charitable contributions made by the company have exceeded 3.3billion RMB, with the company building 16 bilingual schools, 40 kindergartens and 16 training schools in China alone.

Meanwhile, 100% of students at Country Garden’s Bright Scholar school for underprivileged children have been enrolled in overseas universities, with 40% enrolled in the top 100 universities in the world.

In addition, Country Garden contributes 48 million RMB annually to the running of the Guohua Memorial Middle School, which has educated 2,772 children to date, while the Zhongming College Student Grant scheme, which was founded in 1997, has assisted 9,131 students to date. The Guangdong Country Garden Polytechnic school, founded in 2014, enhances employment opportunities through the provision of comprehensive skills training.

Stone Shi, Country Garden Australia’s General Manager (VIC), said: “Country Garden’s Founder, Yang Guoqiang, has always been focused on supporting projects that have a meaningful positive impact on the communities we operate in.

“As such, Country Garden Australia is very keen to draw on our overseas learnings in delivering education to not only our residents, but those in the wider community who don’t always have the privilege of accessing quality education.

“Ensuring our major projects leave a legacy for not only our residents, but their broader communities, is one of our key performance indicators.

“It’s all part of our commitment to improving society by increasing the standard of living for all… and education plays a key role in this.

“The STEM Birds workshops we’ve introduced at Iramoo are our first foray into extending education in Australia and we look forward to delivering more.”

Liesel Mcgregor, Year 4 Leader at Iramoo Primary School said: “The delivery of these extra-curricular workshops is a welcome extension of our core learning program and further enhances each student’s fundamental skills development in areas such as code scripting, sequencing, analytical thinking, basic robotic concepts, imagination development, animation, computer programming patterns and a raft of other skills.

“We are delighted to be able to work with STEM Birds to deliver this additional skills development and we’d like to thank Country Garden Australia for this amazing opportunity.”