Sail ad­ven­ture a re­ward for their work

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au

Most of the Leeuwin Sail­ing Ad­ven­ture 2016 schol­ar­ship win­ners from Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and St Luke's Col­lege.

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