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Virgin Blue Throws Its Support Behind New Aviation High School

09/08/2007

Virgin Blue has pledged its support for the launch of a new Aviation High School, based at Hendra in Brisbane, through a bursary programme for specialist students and an annual Dux Award for outstanding academic achievement.


The 'Virgin Blue High Altitude Award for Academic Excellence' will be presented to the Dux of Aviation High each year, who will receive domestic tickets on Virgin Blue and $500 for their academic achievements.


The Virgin Blue Aviation High Bursary programme will be open for application later this year by students seeking to enter Aviation High's junior school Grade 8-10 undergraduates and senior school Grades 11-12.


Virgin Blue Airlines CEO, Brett Godfrey, said, "Being a Queensland company and major aviation employer in Australia and particularly in Brisbane, Virgin Blue is pleased to support development of the school. We congratulate the Queensland Government and Principal Phil Cooper in establishing Aviation High."


"At a time when there is a growing demand for specialist professions including in aerospace and aviation, it is a forward-thinking initiative, and a unique opportunity for young Australians to gain pre-tertiary specialisation in an exciting industry."


"Queensland is fast gaining a worldwide reputation as a centre of aviation expertise and training. Aviation High is another example of that vision," Brett Godfrey finished.


Nearby to Brisbane's domestic and international airports precinct, Aviation High is Australia's first dedicated aviation high school with an aim to ensure its secondary graduates are well-positioned to take up careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.


The high school offers a specialised curriculum and is working with the aviation industry, universities, and training organisations to provide students with direct pathways to careers in the aviation and aerospace industry.