History St George & Sutherland Community College

History

History

St George & Sutherland Community College is an Adult Community Education Provider committed to the promotion of the lifelong learning for the people in our community. Adult Community Education began in the St George area in the 1930’s with a centre in Hurstville. This was followed by a centre at Port Hacking High School in the Sutherland Shire in 1958. In 1979 all of the small centres within the region were amalgamated to form the existing St George & Sutherland Community College.

Significant dates:

1979

Our CEO Patricia Carroll saw a gap in services for people with an intellectual disability. She has a daughter with Down Syndrome and she wanted her to have the same opportunities for lifelong learning that her parents had. In September 1979 Kringen commenced. Kringen is a Koori word meaning growth, which describes the success and demand for this program over the past 36 years. Kringen commenced as evening courses for people with an intellectual disability and now operates as day courses. Kringen has provided the people who attend with the opportunity to enjoy expanding their interests, social interaction and being part of the wider community setting.

1982

Student Transition Education Program (STEP) funded by the Board of Adult Community Education provided students with a disability in their final year of school with the opportunity to experience adult community education. Many students used this as an opportunity to transition from school into the Post School Options Program at the College. STEP still operates today and has grown in number of students and the experiences it provides. Students have the opportunity to learn new skills in cooking, computers, the arts and social skills.

1994

This year saw the amalgamation of Sutherland Evening College and St George Evening College to become what we are today St George & Sutherland Community College.

Our CEO Patricia Carroll was a member of the parent lobby who marched on parliament in the early 90’s to make both State and Federal Governments aware of the needs of young people with a disability. The NSW Government then in 1994 funded the Post School Options Program for young school leavers. SGSCC started with seven clients. The aim of the program was to assist young people in their transition to adult community life. Over the next few years SGSCC grew to 31 clients by 1996 and continued to grow and have successful outcomes. Many early participants moved onto employment in both supported and open employment.

2000

Post School Options was changed to ATLAS – Adult Training Learning and Support. SGSCC continued to provide clients with the opportunity to grow and learn.

2004

SGSCC disAbility was successful in being registered to deliver the new services to young people with a disability. We were registered to deliver Community Participation and Transition to Work. Both Programs funded by the State Government provided a greater choice and flexibility for people with a disability to participate in different activities and in the wider community. The number of people we supported grew and the successful outcomes for individuals were many.

2009

SGSCC disAbility was successful in their application to deliver Life Choices and Active Ageing Programs. We built on the strengths of participants to reach their goals and dreams and continue to do so.

2014 - 2015

St George & Sutherland Community College – SGSCC disAbility was successful in gaining Third Party Verification through an external body HDAA. Our services are delivered in compliance with the requirements of the NSW Disability Standards. This has prepared us for the journey we now take as we move towards the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

CEO's Message

Enriching Lives for 40 Years

Unbelievably in 2019 it was 40 years since we ran the first class out of one classroom in Caringbah High School. Commencing with evening courses for people with a Disability the program quickly grew.

We expanded the disability programs and also commenced vocational and leisure classes. That expansion saw us quickly offering a multitude of courses at Engadine High and Port Hacking High Evening Colleges.

In the late 80’s we were invited to take over the running of St George College, and began to offer more vocational courses to businesses in the area. At this point the college was ‘humming’. Without a satisfactory day time facility opportunities were somewhat stymied. However. In 1992 this changed when we were able to negotiate the occupancy of the vacant Jannali Girls High School. We began delivering in Term 1, 1993 and do so to this day.

These premises and the enthusiasm of the team at this time saw the Community College expand its program to include Leisure, School Aged Tutoring, Vocational Training and English schooling as well as the very much established Disability program.

Fast forward to today. We now provide courses to thousands of students in Disability (as an official NDIS Provider), English, Leisure, School Age Tutoring and Vocational Training, both to domestic and overseas students.

One thing that has remained constant throughout this journey is that entrepreneurship was balanced with heart and our vision has always been to enrich lives! We aim to do this for another 40 years!

Patricia Carroll

Message from the Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister of Australia provided a heartfelt and supportive message to St George & Sutherland Community College (SGSCC) at it’s official launch event at Cronulla.

To view that message click here

From Dream to Reality

SGSCC celebrated its 40th Year in 2019 and as part of this celebration our CEO, Patricia Carroll wrote a book charting the 40 Year History of the college. This 72 page book, a personal reflection by Patricia, who founded the college in 1979, follows the highs and lows of a community college that grew from one classroom and now delivers courses and services to over 6,000 students each year.

View an online copy of the book

If you wish to secure your limited edition copy of this book click on the links below. (Collect or postal options available)

To purchase and collect at Jannali Office ($20) click here
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To purchase and receive by mail ($25) click here

Purchase your copy today and immerse yourself in this wonderful story.

From Humble Beginnings to an Order of Australia Medal

SGSCC is delighted to share that on Monday 10th June, The Queen’s Birthday, it was announced that Patricia Carroll, CEO of St George & Sutherland Community College (SGSCC), has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Patricia created a hub of education; St George and Sutherland Community College (SGSCC), which has guided students for four decades and celebrates its 40 year anniversary in 2019. Now based in Jannali, the college had its early start from a small classroom at Caringbah High School with only 14 students with a disability in 1979. The college now supports children and adults with their English and school studies, and provides vocational, leisure courses and activities. It has expanded partnerships with a number of community services including Sylvanvale and Civic, and delivers more than 400 courses to the local community, Sydney-wide and to overseas students.

Ms Carroll said. “The dream was to have a place where people with a disability could further their education, and to create a college where people with a disability could access post-school education.” This dream became reality and the college now supports 130 clients in disability each day and enrols more than 6000 people each year.

Ms Carroll is being recognised as an outstanding member of the community at a national level for her work with empowering people with a disability and for her work in education.

Patricia said “it is a great privilege to serve others and to be recognised by your country for working with people with a disability and in the field of education. All who work in these areas contribute greatly to social justice and to the development of people in our community. It is a special honour to receive this Award on the Queen’s birthday celebration weekend. The Queen is a great and gracious role model for women who take up the challenge of combining family commitment and service to the community.

This is an honour I share with my daughter, Erin, who has Down Syndrome. At the beginning of this journey there was no education past high school available for people with a disability. This motivation for change has never left me.

I also share it with my family, wonderful colleagues and Board members who assisted the dream to become a reality.”

CEO (BA Dip Ed Syd Univ)
Patricia Carroll

Commonwealth at 70 - Book Launch at Westminster Abbey

It has been an exciting year celebrating the 40th Anniversary of SGSCC and the book launch of ‘From Dream to Reality’, written by CEO and College Founder, Patricia Carroll, who also recently received an OAM Award. If that wasn’t already exciting enough, Patricia Carroll recently attended the launch of ”The Commonwealth at 70 - From Westminster to the World”. This commemorative book was launched at Westminster Abbey on 25 June 2019.

St James’s House, London, the publisher of the book, on discovering Patricia’s personal reflection of SGSCC’s 40 years approached SGSCC to become a project partner of the official History of Parliament Trust Commonwealth at 70 commemorative album. The History of Parliament Trust is a research project that is creating a comprehensive account of parliamentary politics in Britain from its beginnings in the 13th Century.

The book celebrates the development and influence of the Commonwealth over the past seven decades, was researched by leading academics and co-authored by royal correspondent, Robert Jobson. It brings together key stories of best practice, acts as a springboard for further debate and trade, and prompts discussion of all aspects of the Commonwealth’s member states and trades within.

“This was indeed a grand occasion at a very grand venue attended by a great number of people from around the Commonwealth, including large corporates, charities, small-businesses and not-for-profits”. “What a once in a life-time privilege to find oneself a guest in Westminster Abbey”.

“It was a great honour to be a partner of this project and to see in print what a power for good the Commonwealth of Nations has become in the last 70 years”, Patricia commented.

A copy of the feature on SGSCC in this album can be viewed here. A copy of the book is available to purchase through St James’s House London here or you can view the eBook online here