In supporting the initiatives referred to below each of our strategic partners has demonstrated a determination to make a real difference to the lives of young people who have experienced (and in many cases continue to experience) severe disadvantage and trauma. Without the opportunity represented by Margaret Jurd College, supported by our strategic partners, the respective futures faced by our students could not be regarded with any degree of optimism. With the help of our strategic partners, however, Margaret Jurd College is in a position to work towards “Building Positive Futures Together” with these young people.
Principal Strategic Partner
Lenity Australia has provided generous support to Margaret Jurd College in funding the development of a large and colorful mural on a prominent wall within the campus which promotes among the students and staff of the College a better and more sensitive understanding of indigenous culture. Lenity Australia has also assisted the students of the College by providing very generous funding for College uniforms and foot wear, the provision of which has helped our students to build self esteem and which has generated a real sense of cohesion among the College community. In addition, Lenity Australia has funded the acquisition of teaching and learning resources which have enhanced our staff’s capacity to deliver educational outcomes for our students.Website: lenityaustralia.com
Major Strategic Partners
Margaret Jurd College, both in its current form and in its previous iteration as the Margaret Jurd Learning Centre, would not have existed without the ongoing support of The Hunter Presbytery for over 30 years. The governance of the former Margaret Jurd Learning Centre, and more latterly Margaret Jurd College prior to its incorporation as a company limited by guarantee has relied very heavily on The Hunter Presbytery. In addition, The Hunter Presbytery has committed to providing financial support for staff development opportunities, thereby assisting our staff to be better prepared to deliver appropriate educational outcomes for our students.
Sparke Helmore is a prestigious law firm with its roots in the Newcastle region. The firm operates a pro bono program whereby it provides legal advice to pro bono clients at significantly reduced cost. Margaret Jurd College is very grateful that we have been taken on by Sparke Helmore as a pro bono client. In the highly regulated fields of education and charitable activity it is a great comfort to the College to know that a firm such as Sparke Helmore is available to assist with the inevitable challenges which arise from time to time. That Sparke Helmore, like Margaret Jurd College, has its roots in the Newcastle region is a gratifying feature of this relationship.
Margaret Jurd College, exists in its current form and at its current location only as a consequence of the generosity of the Shorland Congregation of the Uniting Church. In 2010, the Congregation extended a warm welcome to the College as it opened its then new campus on Sandgate Road Shortland, to which it relocated from earlier and generally unsuitable accommodation. The construction of thet campus was possible only because the Congregation agreed to allow the College to co-locate with them on the land which was until then occupied only by the Congregation. Since that relocation the College has enjoyed the spiritual and practical support of the Congregation which has contributed very significantly to the capacity of the College to provide holistic support for our students, including but not limited to the delivery of appropriate educational opportunities.
Pymble Ladies College, popularly known as PLC, has supported Margaret Jurd College by providing a range of support services including making available chaplaincy services to or students at a time of particular difficulty and need and by assisting with staff professional development activities.
NGS Super Pty Ltd has made available to Margaret Jurd College for each of the 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 financial years funds for the purpose of sponsoring staff professional development, thereby assisting our staff to be better prepared to deliver appropriate educational outcomes for our students.