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Gemma and Winrose

What is Team Hope?

When Gemma Sisia dreamt of opening a free private school with nothing but a $10 donation from a friend – plenty of people told her it was hopeless. The School of St Jude – named after the patron saint of hopeless causes – is proof that there’s no such thing as a hopeless cause. Join Team Hope today and provide a brighter future to 1,800 students from severely disadvantaged backgrounds.

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About the school


Meet Winrose

At the age of 10, Winrose had to deal with the unexpected death of her beloved mother and the responsibility of raising her younger sister. Thanks to a St Jude’s scholarship, Winrose became the first member of her family to reach high school. She graduated with the highest possible marks and earned a scholarship to study engineering in the United States, keeping alive her dream of becoming an aeronautical engineer.

Join Today

Running a school and supporting the learning and well-being of more than 1,800 students is a big job! Your donation keeps our school safe, well-maintained and helps fund emergency needs and special projects.

Join Team Hope for as little as $5 per month.

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What you will support


Ensure our 1,800 students and 1,400 boarders have access to water.


Assist our team of qualified local IT experts to ensure our students have the skills needed to compete in a modern workforce.


Support our experienced local maintenance team keep our two schools and our boarding campuses safe and secure.


Support for our most severely disadvantaged students by providing additional welfare to their families.


Whether it’s a drought affecting food and water or a repair on one of our 22 school buses – Team Hope helps us weather any storm.

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