Dr. Jon Carnegie spent the late 80's and early 90's working as a third world journalist in a diverse range of countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan.
It was while in post Pol Pot Cambodia that he developed the idea of starting his own school and 15 years later it became a reality.
As an educator, Jon has had a wide and varied career. While working for 17 years at Trinity Grammar School, he was also responsible for Nelson Mandela's visit to Australia in 2000, and as a result, he was awarded a number of education prizes including The John O. Miller Award for Excellence in Education in 2000, the Commonwealth Australian Teachers Prize for Excellence and the National Excellence Award for Secondary Teaching in 2001.
In recent years, Jon has spoken nationally and internationally with the likes of Nellson Mandela, The Dalai Lama and Madeleine Albright at a range of educational conferences about the philosophies of his doctoral study on the process of middle school education.
The Carnegie Education Centre believes in the potential of all young people to participate fully in society no matter what their social or emotional difficulties. We see education as a holistic process which addresses the academic and emotional needs of the student simultaneously.
We provide an honest, community atmosphere which encourages young people to accept and understand the past and present in a manner which enables and inspires them to move forward to a positive future.
The Carnegie Education Centre provides a wide ranging, cross sectional and holistic approach to education and the provision of services. The centre provides a range of real life learning experiences which prepare students for the modern world. These are designed to specifically tackle issues that teenagers are dealing with and promote practices which will help them lead a successful life.
We celebrate diversity and difference. Our clients have struggled in mainstream environments and we seek to help them use their differences to their advantage, rather than pressure them to conform to standards they may not want to/be capable of conforming to.
We work closely with the students’s existing support structures and believe that family, friends or other support networks are an important part of their active engagement with their community and and important part in them being able to reach their goals.