An intro from Mark and Ashlie

GO 2021 Scholarships

GO’s application portal is up and running, and open for public school students who’d like to become GO scholars in Years 9 and 11 in 2021. High school applications are open until 22 October and opening soon for primary school. You’ll find all the information on the GO website.


GO Workout with Tyran Hill

GO Scholar Tyran Hill has put together a deadly holiday work out to get us all leaping into Spring and Summer. Tyran is studying a Bachelor of Human Movement at UNISA (which he is acing!) and working in a gym fulltime, so if anyone’s got the right moves for shaking off quarantine it’s him.  Thanks Tyran!


Cathy Freeman – Olympic Legend

20 years ago, Australia stopped to watch Cathy Freeman win the 400-metre final in the Sydney Olympics. It was the stuff of legend.  As a Kuki Yalanji girl from Mackay in far North Queensland, Cathy ran like the wind and dreamt about winning Olympic gold. By 27, she was a world champion lining up for the race of her life in front of 110,000 people at Olympic Stadium. The pressure on her was incredible. Freeman is the story behind Cathy’s great achievement and that race. It’s an hour-long documentary on ABC IView that will inspire you and make you proud, and we urge you to watch it. You’ll find a link to Freeman here, and there’s also an interview with Cathy talking about her life now that you’ll find here.


GO-Q Culture – Who do you think you are?

AIATSIS logoA family research project is something to sink your teeth into over the holidays.  There are so many sources of info that you can draw on to find out more about your own Indigenous heritage, and AIATSIS has pulled them together in a step-by-step guide to what to look for and how to go about it.  You’ll find the information here. Whether it’s old letters, maps, official records, newspapers, or help from Link-Up, AIATSIS has the tips and links to help you on your journey. Plus, it’s a treasure trove of Indigenous social history (with more than 1 million items!) including films and recordings, art, photographs and magazines like Dawn, dating back a hundred years!


Be a Force – Future Sydney

Here’s a great chance have a voice in planning the Sydney of the future by joining the Greater Sydney Commission Youth Panel.  The Panel provides insights on strategic planning issues affecting young people across Greater Sydney and has an opening for an eastern based Sydneysider.  If that sounds like you, you’ll find all the information here.  You have until 30 September at midnight to apply.


Gadigal Program – Pathway to Uni

This is one for our Year 12 GO scholars. If you’re aiming for university entrance, but might not achieve the ATAR you need to get into your course of choice, you are invited to sign up for the Gadigal Program at the University of Sydney.  The Gadigal Program assists with admission to Sydney Uni by allowing you to tell them more about your interests, motivations, and goals, rather than just considering your academic results. Applications are open now until December 6th.  For more information, head over to USyd’s website.  If you’d like help with your application, get in touch with Mark or Ashlie at GO. We’re here to help!


Work Ventures – Traineeships

WorkVentures logoGO Ecosystem partner WorkVentures has a great traineeship program to assist students #GOFurther by achieving qualifications in IT, digital media and technology, business and a whole lot more.  You’ll find information about the program here. You can also contact us if you’d like to know more, or chat through other options after Year 12.


Taronga Pass – Animal Vibes

Taronga Zoo logoAlso, a reminder that GO partner QBE is offering free day passes for GO families who’d like to visit Taronga Zoo Sydney or Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. To organise your one-day Zoo pass to Sydney or Dubbo, email Celine at GO on celine@gofoundation.org.au.


Legal Assistance for GO Families

Baker McKenzie logo

GO Ecosystem partner, law firm Baker McKenzie, will consider requests from GO students and families needing help in certain situations, including:

  • Have you been fired or stood down and don’t know what your rights are?
  • Is your landlord threatening to evict you?
  • Do you need to ask for a rent reduction?
  • Do you need help understanding Centrelink applications or government payments?

For more information or if you need help, please contact Mark, Alex or Shirley.


Helpful Covid-19 Contacts

  • You can find all the latest COVID-19 details for NSW schools, universities, and childcare here, and details about SA schools here.
  • Visit health.gov.au for the latest health advice or call the 24-hour National COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 020 080.
  • Visit the Department of Social Services for the latest information about COVID-19 assistance and support services.
  • Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous website where you can search over 360,000 services to find food, housing, counselling, legal advice, and a whole lot more. Ask Izzy’s Facebook page is also full of useful info.
  • Kids Helpline has a special COVID-19 information page, which is a great resource, and there’s someone to talk to 24/7 online or by phoning 1800 551 800.

Until next time, stay well and safe GO families.