WA’s finest Aboriginal students honoured at 2014 Rob Riley Memorial Prizes

Benjamin Cable at 2014 Rob Riley Memorial Prize

  • Rob Riley Memorial Prizes awarded to students from Rossmoyne and Kiara
  • Winners receive $5,000 towards further education and training

Two of Western Australia’s best Aboriginal students have been named winners of the 2014 Rob Riley Memorial Prizes.

Education and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier today announced Rossmoyne Senior High School graduate Benjamin Cable as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) prize winner.

The Rob Riley Memorial Prize is awarded to the leading Aboriginal Year 12 WACE student and the leading Aboriginal VET student in public schools.

Mr Collier said both students had taken part in the Follow the Dream program through their schools, which had a huge impact on their personal and academic success. Benjamin attends the My Lawley outreach program.

“Benjamin excelled at Rossmoyne Senior High School and, with the support of his teachers and family, achieved an outstanding ATAR rank of 96.3,” he said.

“Benjamin’s sister Shelley was a Rob Riley Memorial Prize winner in 2011 and I know his parents are extremely proud to have two winners in the family.”

Benjamin said the Follow the Dream was a tremendous support program that really helped him succeed during his last two years at school.

“They organised tuition for me every weekend which improved my understandings of each subject which was reflected in my scores for each test,” he said. “I would highly recommend the Follow the Dream Program because whilst it will assist you in your studies during high school, you will also have fun undertaking in excursions and meeting other like-minded people from the program.”

Benjamin is currently tutoring students at the Mt Lawley Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program.

Fact File

  • Rob Riley was an Aboriginal leader who made outstanding contributions in social justice, Aboriginal human rights and reconciliation
  • The Follow the Dream program provides extra academic and individual support to Aboriginal students

 

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