Trip to put students ahead
■ A group of indigenous high school students from Karratha took a trip to Perth last month to give them a better understanding of future career and education opportunities available.
While on tour students visited universities, Woodside and Rio Tinto offices and had several other excursions in Perth.
Polly Farmer Foundation Follow the Dream program co-ordinator Jarrod Dimanlig said the trip was about building relationships with the people who could help the students get where they wanted to be.
“The trip was about showing these kids what programs are available to them through university and training opportunities at Rio Tinto and Woodside,” he said.
“Rather than read about these things in a book they got to actually look at them and see how big university is.
“There are a lot of things you can’t do in Karratha so it is good to show them some of the simple things I took for granted growing up.”
Curtin AHEAD events co-ordinator Sarah Mullen said activities were centred on giving students an insight into university life.
“We wanted to expose them to the higher learning environment and help to demystify the university experience,” she said.
“Hopefully perceived barriers to higher education were broken down.
“These kids were the most confident and engaged follow the dream group we have ever had on campus.”
Curtin AHEAD events co-ordinator Sarah Mullen, Karratha Senior High School students Dylan, Jaileigh and Callie Hansen and Rhys Paddick from Curtin AIME.