Schol­ar­ships take stu­dents to Syd­ney

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Education - Ali­cia Per­era

■ Four ta­lented Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School stu­dents are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the bright lights of Syd­ney, af­ter be­ing awarded pres­ti­gious per­form­ing arts schol­ar­ships.

Katie Healey, 12, Bar­bara Wil­son, 13, Maxie Cop­pin, 13, and Jor­dan Cop­pin, 13, were pre­sented with the Ex­cel­lence in Arts Schol­ar­ships at a school as­sem­bly last Wed­nes­day.

An­other two stu­dents, Kim­ber­ley Wil­son, 12, and War­ren Wally, 12, won honourable men­tions for their ef­forts in the arts.

The schol­ar­ships took the four to Syd­ney for a week.

While there, they will be vis­it­ing the Opera House and Taronga Zoo, tak­ing part in an act­ing work­shop with the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art, and watch­ing pro­duc­tions of Matilda and Ham­let.

The schol­ar­ships are funded by the Wood­side North West Shelf Project Roe­bourne Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive.

IF Foundation men­tor and drama teacher David Wil­liams said they were awarded to stu­dents based on strong school at­ten­dance, a good class at­ti­tude and a gen­uine in­ter­est in the arts.

Mr Wil­liams said the schol­ar­ships meant a lot to the stu­dent win­ners. “There’s also the ex­cite­ment of be­ing in a place where the arts are re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated and the op­por­tu­nity to see where those in­ter­ests might lead in fu­ture,” he said.

“It’s an ac­knowl­edge­ment that putting in the work and some­times do­ing what’s dif­fer­ent than what your peers are do­ing can even­tu­ally yield pos­i­tive re­sults.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Wood­side Se­nior In­dige­nous Af­fairs Ad­vi­sor Pe­ter Jef­fries, Katie Healey, 12, IF Foundation men­tor David Wil­liams and Bar­bara Wil­son, 13.

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