Tom Price

In Tom Price, students from years 7 to 12 at Tom Price Senior High School participate in the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program. Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Community Investment WA, Gumula Aboriginal Corporation and the Education Department of WA have supported this program in Tom Price since 2002. The Yinhawangka Charitable Trust also contributes to the program.

Aboriginal students from the primary schools in Tom Price attend the Tom Price Learning Club which has been supported by Rio Tinto since 2011.

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.

Towards Change: The Tom Price Story

The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s Tom Price Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program Garnjurri Mirnumurri Ngurr-unga (Children’s Learning Place) celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2012. Towards Change: The Tom Price Story is a documentary which follows the program’s journey over the past 10 years.

Students enjoy The Karijini Experience

Tom Price Indigenous students recently participated in The Karijini Experience, immersing themselves in a variety of unique cultural experiences in the Karijini National Park including listening to opera in Kalamina Gorge.

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Gumala Traditional Owner Wayne Stevens with Tom Price Senior High School students

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

Tom Price students visit the coast

Aboriginal students from the inland Pilbara town of Tom Price recently had the opportunity to experience something completely different, travelling to the coast and helping with the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program.

In October, 11 students from the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s Tom Price Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program, Garnjurri Mirnumurri Ngurr-unga, departed for a week long camp exploring Gnaraloo Station near Carnarvon and the Cape Range National Park near Exmouth.

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Tom Price Follow the Dream co-­?coordinator Joe Manning with Year 9 students Draike Jones and Corbann Macale visiting Dampier Salt

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.

Tom Price student graduates from NIDA

Shaka Cook speaks in more detail about his exceptional journey from the Pilbara Aboriginal community of Wakathuni to NIDA in Sydney. Shaka graduated from NIDA at the end of 2012 and he is now actively pursuing a career in acting while also fulfilling obligations at home.

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Shaka Cook
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Learning club co-ordinator recognised for leadership

Tom Price Primary School teacher and Learning Club co-ordinator Kath Hart was awarded the WA Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education award by Education Minister Hon Peter Collier in July 2013.

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