Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank was established by teachers for teachers and that remit still stays true today.
I believe it is important for an organisation to contribute to the community that has supported that organisation’s success, and Mutual Bank does this in a number of ways. In addition to providing banking and other financial services to the education community, we are proud of our own and unique Teaching Initiatives Program (TIP). Introduced in 1993, we have now awarded over $560,000 to 458 schools and preschools.
TIP is designed to support schools and preschools with their goal of encouraging excellence in education and to bring innovative teaching to life. We all know how far the education dollar has to stretch, but sometimes a small contribution can go a long way. To have an application considered you just need to be a Member.
As the newest member on the Board of Directors, this is the first year I have seen the results of TIP and I have been amazed at the ideas put forward by our Members. The 2015 winners have shown a breadth of ideas and passion that our Members have for their careers and their students. Initiatives relating to the environment, sustainability, and leadership were strong contenders in the current round of applications. The 2015 initiative that particularly touched my heart came from Glenallen School, in the creation of a library of accessible books for students with disabilities. The idea to allow a child with a physical disability the independence to select and read a book without the need to rely on others for help showed great empathy and passion from this school.
I would like to personally encourage you all to start considering your initiatives for 2016. It is a wonderful way for the Mutual Bank to support the education community.