Grad­u­a­tion a tes­ta­ment to hard work

Pilbara News - - Education - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ 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.

Pic­ture: L.E’s Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Tom Price Se­nior High School Fol­low the Dream pro­gram grad­u­ates.

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