Port Augusta

Students from years 8 to 12 from Port Augusta Secondary School participate in the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program. The Port Augusta Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program has been in place since 2007 and is currently supported by BHP Billiton Olympic Dam, Genesee Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd, Ant and Mary Lou Simpson, and Olympic Dam Trust.

Educational Trip for Port Augusta Aboriginal Students

A group of 16 Port Augusta students and staff recently visited BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam in Northern South Australia and Arid Recovery, a unique site north of Olympic Dam’s operation where the release of previously extinct animals from the mainland of Australia is successfully occurring. The Aboriginal students, all participants in The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program, were taken on a guided site tour of the above ground operation, following the trail that the mined ore takes from when it arrives to the surface and through the refinery process.

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Port Augusta students at Arid Recovery June 2015

Port Augusta Graduate rewarded for hard work

Port Augusta Secondary School graduate Garryn Wingfield recently received both the Aboriginal Education Award and Parliamentary Medal for his hard work at school and has achieved his goal of being the first member of his family to attend university. After spending several years in Queensland, Garryn returned to Port Augusta Secondary School in 2014 to […]

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Port Augusta student Garryn Wingfield

Port Augusta tradesman inspires Aboriginal students

One of the first students to join the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program in Port Augusta recently graduated as a fully qualified power line worker for SA Power Networks and regularly speaks to other Aboriginal students to encourage them to do their best.

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Russell Duncan and CJ Singleton
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Students win Earthwatch Student Challenge Scholarships

Two students from the Port Augusta program were successful in winning Earthwatch Student Challenge Scholarships and travelled interstate last year to complete their challenges in assisting with scientific field research projects.

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Jessica Continues to Shine

Jessica McCarthy joined the Port Augusta Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success in year 8 and continued her journey with the program to complete year 12 and obtain her SACE in 2012. As a year 11 student she did two school-based traineeships with the ANZ bank as well as maintaining a full study load a school. At the end of year 12 she was offered a position at the University of South Australia studying Nursing and the ANZ bank offered her a full time position. She declined both offers and took up a cadetship in Nursing at the Port Augusta Hospital. A normal week for Jessica in 2013 involves two days at the Hospital, two days part time at the ANZ bank and one day of study.

Jessica’s plans for the future are to complete her cadetship in enrolled nursing, then complete the study at University to become a registered nurse and onward to become a midwife.

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Jessica McCarthy