Ini­tia­tive an award fi­nal­ist

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The Kar­ratha Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive has been named one of six fi­nal­ists for a State Gov­ern­ment award for best com­mu­nity part­ner­ship.

The nine-year part­ner­ship be­tween the Wood­side-op­er­ated North West Shelf Project, Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and St Luke’s Col­lege that pro­vides aca­demic pro­grams and sem­i­nars for lo­cal stu­dents and teach­ers is in the run­ning for the Depart­ment of Mines and Pe­tro­leum’s com­mu­nity part­ner­ship award.

The pro­gram was short-listed from 26 en­tries across WA and is one of six fi­nal­ists, with oth­ers in­clud­ing a Rio Tinto and Scitech part­ner­ship for sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and maths en­gage­ment; and Newcrest Min­ing and Ngurra Ku­jungka’s part­ner­ship.

Wood­side Aus­tralia op­er­at­ing unit se­nior vi­cepres­i­dent Niall Myles said the KEI had been a suc­cess for stu­dents, teach­ing staff and the wider com­mu­nity alike.

“Wood­side is very proud of our long-stand­ing part­ner­ship with Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and St Luke’s Col­lege to de­liver the Kar­ratha Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive,” he said.

“The KEI has been help­ing im­prove the ed­u­ca­tional out­comes for sec­ondary school stu­dents in the city of Kar­ratha for over nine years.”

“As one of our flag­ship so­cial in­vest­ment pro­grams in the Pil­bara, (it) con­tin­ues to de­liver sus­tained and mea­sur­able ben­e­fits to the high schools, the stu­dents, the staff and the com­mu­nity.”

Min­is­ter for Mines and Pe­tro­leum Sean L’Es­trange said the awards had been in­tro­duced to recog­nise the best in joint in­dus­try and com­mu­nity pro­grams. The win­ner will be an­nounced at a din­ner on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 27 in Perth.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dents Brooke May, Se­lena Smith and Do­minic De Je­sus, all 13, and Tyrell Lyn­don, 12, at this year’s North West Maths Camp, a pro­gram of the Kar­ratha Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive.

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