Scholarships take students to Sydney
■ 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.”
Woodside Senior Indigenous Affairs Advisor Peter Jeffries, Katie Healey, 12, IF Foundation mentor David Williams and Barbara Wilson, 13.