Mt Alexander College – Flemington
Dear Challenge organizers and sponsors,
Mount Alexander College in Flemington sent a small team too this Challenge last year. We were thrilled to be one of the lucky recipients of a $1000 fund and just wanted to let organizers sponsors and others involved in this terrific event how the money has improved the chess program at our college.
A chess program has run for 22 years now at Mount Alexander College and chess is popular at the college but given that many of our students hail from low income or refugee backgrounds in the past it has not been possible for them to pay for formal chess lessons.
This in turn meant that they have lacked the requisite knowledge and confidence to attend the local inter school tournament on offer.
Since receiving the $1000 we have presented 4 chess lessons with qualified coach including one Chess for Beginners class which 24 students who had never played chess before learnt the basics. The college has also participated in 4 inter school tournaments with another one coming up and is now alive and well on the local chess scene.
This formal promotion of the chess program would not have been possible without the generous funding we received from the 2015 Chess Challenge.
We are here to say to all schools who are applying for funding this year that this money is a very good thing and it can go a long way in some great directions.
On behalf of Mount Alexander College, Flemington.
FINTONA GIRLS SCHOOL
Our school received a grant of $1 000.00 last year at the Mt Alexander Chess Challenge. I received a letter from you asking how the money has been used to promote Chess in the school. We have been able to procure the services of Northern Star Chess who came to our school at the beginning of the year and set up a House Chess competition with all of our Year 7 students. This was particularly appropriate as we have a large intake at Year 7 and many of our girls have never played Chess before, so it has enabled us to encourage the girls to join our weekly Chess Club. The grant we received has been used to off-set some of the cost of the Chess Day.
Hopefully I will be able to organise a group to enter this year’s competition.
ST. JOSEPHS COLLEGE- ECHUCA