Sail adventure a reward for their work
An adventure aboard a tall ship awaits 21 Karratha high school students who have won the 2016 round of Woodside scholarships with the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation.
The Years 10-12 students from Karratha Senior High School and St Luke’s College have been selected for this year’s Leeuwin Sailing Adventure Scholarships to promote personal development. They received their certificates at a presentation two weeks ago.
Winners are determined according to the community service hours they clock up. For their efforts, the students will board the STS Leeuwin II on sailing voyages of about five days later this year.
The annual scholarships are funded by the Karratha Education Initiative through the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project.
Karratha Senior High School principal Jennifer McMahon said the scholarships were an “unbelievable opportunity” and a unique way for students to further their skills in leadership, teamwork and collaboration.
She also said there had been a significant increase in the number of applicants this year.
“This year we had more students involved in community service than ever before,” she said.
“Normally the same number of students who apply are the same number as the scholarships (available), but this year we were overprescribed.
“It’s a great way for students to get involved with their community and give back.”
Speaking at the presentation, Woodside lead surveillance engineer Bryan Pilkington said the scholarships were an ongoing commitment tying in closely with the initiative’s essential aims.
“We’re very passionate about supporting education,” he said.
“It’s an important way to help to develop youth, who are our future community leaders.
“The experience aboard the ship will give students an opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills.”
Most of the Leeuwin Sailing Adventure 2016 scholarship winners from Karratha Senior High School and St Luke's College.