Hedland

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Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success

In Hedland, students from years 7 to 12 at Hedland Senior High School participate in the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program. BHP Billiton Iron Ore and the Education Department of WA have supported the two Port Hedland programs, known locally as Kurtakalku Maya, since 2003.

Maths and Science Centre of Excellence

Year 4 to 6 students from all of the primary schools in Port Hedland and South Hedland participate in the Hedland Maths and Science Centre of Excellence, which has been supported by BHP Billiton Iron Ore since 2012.

We’ve been visiting our students all around Australia to hear what they have to say about how the programs help them achieve their dreams.

Watch the short film about BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s involvement in the program

A Message from the Principal

John Burke, Principal, Hedland Senior High School

John Burke, Principal, Hedland Senior High School

Integrating the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program into mainstream schooling is a key to its success according to Hedland Senior High School Principal John Burke.

Mr Burke said all extra curricular programs worked best when they were connected to the curriculum and not carried out in isolation.

“Follow the Dream provides a key point for our Aboriginal students to connect and is a really positive way to tilt the balance to keep these students on track,” he said. “One of the key factors in our success is our co-ordinators who have the ability to establish relationships and trust with the kids.”

“I see a bunch of kids who feel really good about themselves because they are succeeding and that to me points to a successful program.”

A Message from the Principal

Narelle Ward, Principal, South Hedland Primary School

Narelle Ward, Principal, South Hedland Primary School

As a maths specialist, South Hedland Primary School Principal Narelle Ward is proud to host the Hedland Maths and Science Centre for Excellence at her school.

Ms Ward said the program is exceptional and engages the students at a different level that they get exposed to in everyday schooling.

“The children that participate in this program have demonstrated their aptitude in both maths and science so we challenge them further and really get them excited about these subjects,” Ms Ward said.

“We are seeing children as young as eight empowering themselves by developing critical thinking skills and problem solving which reaches far beyond the school boundaries into everyday life.”

Working Together

The Wickham Maths and Science Centre students travelled to Hedland last year to meet the Hedland Maths and Science Centre students and participate in Engineering activities and show case their Engquest projects.

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Indigenous students explore the world of science

Pilbara primary students from Port Hedland and Wickham got a taste of what it would be like to become scientists when they visited the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre at the Harry Perkins Medical Research Institute in Perth in November.

The visit to the Institute was part of a five-day science camp for 20 students from the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s Hedland and Wickham Maths and Science Centres of Excellence.

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Hedland Students meet Chief Scientist

Aboriginal primary students from the Hedland Maths and Science Centre of Excellence visited Perth late last year and met up with Western Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Lyn Beazley (2007-2013).

Project Co-ordinator Emily Leech said the Perth science camp provided an opportunity to extend student understanding and knowledge of science through activities provided by key Perth scientific facilities, such as Perth Zoo, SciTech, AQWA, Perth Observatory, Curtin University and Kings Park.

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BHP Billiton continues to support Newman and Port Hedland students

The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation has broadened its reach in Perth, thanks to a multi- million-partnership renewal with BHP Billiton.

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Young scientists light up the night sky

Year 10 students from Hedland Senior High School got to see just how exciting science can be when they recently attended the Pilbara School Camp in Dampier.

The camp is part of the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program which has been supporting aspirant Aboriginal students in Port Hedland for the past 10 years.

Supported by BHP Billiton, the Port Hedland-based programs is one of the biggest in Australia, with 80 students participating at Hedland Senior High School from Year 8 to Year 12, and primary students in years four to seven doing the special maths and science program at South Hedland Primary School.

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