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8 September, 2023

Gil students visit CSU campus

Just a few days out from the Gilgandra and District Country Education Foundation (CEF) fundraiser, CEF took a number of local students on a fully subsidised trip to Charles Sturt University’s Bathurst campus open day.

Sarah Temple, Jade Elsom, Greta Daino and Madison Riley from Gilgandra High School took part in the Bathurst trip, and appreciated the opportunity to experience the campus in person.

Students took the opportunity to learn about campus life, the courses the uni- versity has on offer, and all other benefits of studying there.

Throughout the month, 34 students took advantage of the opportunity across multiple Charles Sturt campus’, which covered their costs for transport, accommodation, and meals in partnership with Charles Sturt.

CEF transported students from many different towns to experience the open days, including Gilgandra, Young, Grenfell, Forbes, Parkes, Cootamundra, Goulburn, Gundagai, and Coolah experi- ence what university life is like at

Charles Sturt. CEF Manager of Partne- rships Hilary Matchett, who organised the trip, said it was great to give country students the chance to travel to each campus, who otherwise may not have been able to go.

“CEF are excited to partner with Australia’s leading regional university, Charles Sturt University, to give the opportunity to regional students to access their open days across three of their campuses,” she said.

“Students made the most of experi- encing all that Charles Sturt can offer, from hands on learning in their state-of- the-art labs and facilities, to chatting to academic staff about course options, and accessing affordable and vibrant on-cam- pus accommodation options.

“These experience camps offer more than a chance to see a university campus; they give regional students the chance to connect with like-minded peers, hopefully to then become friends for life.

“Our thanks go to the staff and stu- dents at Charles Sturt, who showed incredible hospitality and guidance to our CEF students.” 

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