Trip to put stu­dents ahead

Pilbara News - - Education - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ 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.”

Pic­ture: Curtin Univer­sity.

Curtin AHEAD events co-or­di­na­tor Sarah Mullen, Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dents Dy­lan, Jaileigh and Cal­lie Hansen and Rhys Pad­dick from Curtin AIME.

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