More than 60 students, teachers, supporters and family members gathered at the Muswellbrook Centre in early June to sign a Compact which outlines the roles and responsibilities for students and their supporters.
The Compact Signing ceremony is an essential part of The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program and a key to the future success for the students that participate.
The Muswellbrook event was attended by 33 students and program supporters Cate Sims (Rio Tinto Coal and Allied), Katie Weaver (BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal), Brad Franks (Aboriginal Community Development Fund), Beth Crawley (The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation), Elizabeth Bate (Principal Muswellbrook Senior High School), Brian Drewe (Deputy Principal), Noel Downes (Wanaruah Aboriginal Land Council), tutors, community members and families.
Muswellbrook Senior High School Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success co-coordinators April Bott and Fiona Murray said the program was designed to support Aboriginal students at school and required strong commitment from the selected students, their families and the schools if they were to succeed.
“The Agreement requires students and family members to sign documentation which outlines the responsibilities of the student and the parent or caregiver,” Ms Bott said.
“The students commit to things like attending school every day, studying for tests, completing all homework and assignments, attending the Enrichment Centre and being a positive role model for other students,” Ms Murray said.
Since the Muswellbrook program was established in 2010 there have been 24 students graduate from Year 12 with 15 going to TAFE or University, four into traineeships or apprenticeships and four direct into employment.