State School Relief Info


History of State Schools’ Relief

State Schools' Relief was founded in 1930 during the great depression, by Anton Vroland a Head Teacher from Elsternwick State School. On June 12 1930, Anton Vroland organised a meeting with fellow teachers and principals who were concerned about the students living in the barges along the Yarra and huts around the Dudley Flat tip. At the conclusion of this meeting, the State Schools’ Relief committee was formed to undertake any relief possible to Victorian students.

The program is still 100% donation based with the bulk of the donations coming from the schools themselves - “from children to children”. It would, be almost impossible to find a State School, no matter how prosperous, which has not had at least one pupil who has received assistance at one time or another and it is unlikely that a school has been so “disadvantaged” that it has never forwarded a donation to help others little worse off than its own pupils.

The concept is a unique one; no other Australian State - and many will claim no other country in the world - has a similar organisation. We continue to offer assistance through the school anonymously, protecting the child and families dignity.

Since 1930, successive governments have provided operational costs. This means that 100% of donated funds are used to purchase quality clothing and footwear. State Schools' Relief acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

Schools can apply online to State Schools' Relief at www.ssr.net.au/schools when they believe a student needs help with appropriate uniforms and footwear for school.

Eligibility requirements for the Camps Sports and Excursions Fund can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/csef.

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