Graduation a testament to hard work
■ For the first time in five years every Year 12 student at Tom Price Senior High School has graduated.
Among the 36-strong class of 2015 to complete school were 13 indigenous students, 10 of whom worked under the Follow the Dream program.
Ninety-six per cent of students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training courses have also met the requirements for their Certificate IIs.
TPSHS principal Trevor Henderson said the excellent achievement was a testament to the hard work of staff and students.
“Given the school’s remote location, I am very of proud of the achievement this year of all the Year 12 students at Tom Price SHS,” he said.
“I acknowledge that this achievement is also the result of the hardworking and dedicated staff at Tom Price SHS.
“Their dedication and commitment to provide a range of learning opportunities and environments to support all students to be successful has been well rewarded.”
Mr Henderson said the appointment of a WACE co-ordinator and improved course counselling process had been major factors in turning around the school’s fortunes.
Follow the Dream co-ordinator Joe Manning said the program was aimed at helping aspirant indigenous students achieve positive post-school outcomes.
“I have been here for four years and have seen a gradual build-up of relationships with students and families,” he said.
“They have committed almost two hours a day… attending tuition to work on completing studies.
“These guys will be pursuing a range of post-school qualifications including university, chef apprenticeships, heavy-duty mechanics, army and traineeships.”
Mr Henderson said the success reflected the school’s commitment to achieve the Department of Education’s focus for increased Aboriginal student school attendance, engagement and achievement.
Tom Price Senior High School Follow the Dream program graduates.