Carnarvon

In Carnarvon, students from years 7 to 12 at Carnarvon Community College participate in the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program. Rio Tinto Dampier Salt and Community Investment WA and the Education Department of WA have supported this program in Carnarvon since 2005.

Carnarvon graduate a true role model for her peers

Carnarvon Community College graduate Rhianna Couzens is a true role model for many of her peers having successfully completed her Undergraduate Degree in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia last year. Now fully immersed in the newly created Masters in Heritage Studies course at UWA, Rhianna admits she once found school […]

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Bright future for Carnarvon local

Carnarvon Community College graduate Rhianna Couzens is on track for a bright future having last year successfully completed her Undergraduate Degree in Anthropology and Indigenous History and now undertaking the newly created Masters in Heritage Studies at the University of Western Australia. Rhianna, who was born and raised in Carnarvon, descends from the Nhanda and […]

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Bianca Howard and Rhianna Couzens at the University of Western Australia

Dr Sue Gordon’s speech at Rio Tinto and Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Partnership event

‘Don’t let life change your goals, because achieving your goals can change your life.’ This quote is from a young Aboriginal man from the inland Pilbara community of Wakathuni, who graduated Year 12 at Tom Price Senior High School in 2013 and went on to study at the University of Western Australia. His dreams are […]

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Dr Sue Gordon

Following the Dream to Leeuwin

To the expectant crowd waiting on the B Shed wharf at Fremantle it must have been with a sense of historical re-enactment as the Leeuwin sailing ship gracefully slipped into berth. What soon became obvious to the onlookers was the feeling of camaraderie and esprit de corps between all on board as the crew and […]

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Rio Tinto ensure bright future for Indigenous students

Future prospects for Western Australian Aboriginal students just got a lot brighter following an injection of $2.7 million by Rio Tinto into an education program which helps them realise their dreams. The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program has now been supporting Aboriginal students since 1997 and has helped almost 650 […]

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Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation President and Patron Dr Sue Gordon, Minister for Education, Aboriginal Affairs and Electoral Affairs Hon Peter Collier MLC and Rio Tinto Iron Ore Managing Director Pilbara Mines Michael Gollschewski with Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success students from Lockridge Senior High School.

Student overcomes challenges and excels

Year 12 Carnarvon student Talisa Stratton started a school-based traineeship with Rio Tinto in its town office in mid-2012 and was this year offered a full time contract with the company. Talisa was determined to rise above challenges she was facing and determined to succeed as a trainee. She excelled in the workplace in all aspects including her punctuality, presentation, work ethic and interpersonal skills. On top of her excellent work performance, she was a regular attendee at the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program and worked really hard to get good school results. Talisa is a great example of a person who can “change their stars” through sheer determination and hard work, if given the opportunity to do so.

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