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Foundation receives funding boost

A new Lotterwest Grant will assist the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation to improve the delivery of its existing and proposed Learning Clubs in regional Australia. The $41,082 grant, which was presented by the Hon Peter Collier, Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs, will enable The Foundation to appoint the Australian Council for Educational Research […]

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Foundation Receives Funding Boost

Broome students commit to their education journey

Broome Aboriginal parents and caregivers gathered recently at the Broome Surf Lifesaving Club to commit to supporting their children on their educational journey through high school. More than 90 people, including the year seven and eight students, their families, representatives from St Mary’s Secondary College, Broome Senior High School, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, Catholic Education WA and industry supporter the Browse FLNG Development, attended the event to participate in the signing of the Walarba Bugarri ‘Compact’ Agreement.

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Educational Trip for Port Augusta Aboriginal Students

A group of 16 Port Augusta students and staff recently visited BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam in Northern South Australia and Arid Recovery, a unique site north of Olympic Dam’s operation where the release of previously extinct animals from the mainland of Australia is successfully occurring. The Aboriginal students, all participants in The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program, were taken on a guided site tour of the above ground operation, following the trail that the mined ore takes from when it arrives to the surface and through the refinery process.

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Port Augusta students at Arid Recovery June 2015

Kiara College Aboriginal Students Showcase Culture in Big Apple

Kiara College students Jay McLean and Dakota Baker spent a week in New York recently after winning the inaugural AUSUM ‘Bizcamp’ program with their business Baldja Moort, an Aboriginal traditional dance group that performs at schools, festivals and events. Both students developed the business idea as part of their involvement with the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program which provides aspirational Indigenous students with after school tutoring and individual mentoring.

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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

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

Parents get a glimpse into the world of maths and science at Wickham

Earthworms under digital microscopes and Multiplication War games greeted parents who attended the Wickham Maths and Science Centre for Excellence Compact Signing last week. The Wickham Maths and Science Centre of Excellence, located at Wickham Primary School, is managed by the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation and supported by Rio Tinto and the School.

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Wickham Primary School Yesr six student Aaralyn Ugle with her Auntie Amorett and niece

Partnerships for Success: Ngara Wingara Launch

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 16 secondary schools in the Macarthur area now have the chance to participate in an after-school academic and cultural program. Ngara Wingara – Dharawal for ‘to listen, to think’ – is a partnership between the University of Western Sydney and the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation which targets students […]

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Port Augusta Graduate rewarded for hard work

Port Augusta Secondary School graduate Garryn Wingfield recently received both the Aboriginal Education Award and Parliamentary Medal for his hard work at school and has achieved his goal of being the first member of his family to attend university. After spending several years in Queensland, Garryn returned to Port Augusta Secondary School in 2014 to […]

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Port Augusta student Garryn Wingfield

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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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.

Port Augusta tradesman inspires Aboriginal students

One of the first students to join the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program in Port Augusta recently graduated as a fully qualified power line worker for SA Power Networks and regularly speaks to other Aboriginal students to encourage them to do their best.

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Green Light for Revolutionary New Science Curriculum

A revolutionary new science curriculum that aims to teach all school students about science starting with Einstein’s discoveries a century ago has received $400,000 in Federal Government funding.

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Broome Aboriginal students celebrate

Broome Senior High School and St Mary’s College are on track in 2014 to provide 100 local Aboriginal students with extra support at school and ultimately help them achieve their dreams in the workplace or at tertiary educational institutions. Known locally as Walarba Bugarri, currently 93 students participate in the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation program […]

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UWA Student Wins 2014 Law Scholarship

A 21 year-old Indigenous Law/Arts student at The University of Western Australia is one of two national winners of the Law Council of Australia’s 2014 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship.

Ms Laura Vincent, traditionally of the Maluigal/Maoilgal Clan of the Torres Strait Islands, is in her fourth year of a six-year double degree. She now lives in Mandurah and her ambition is to help ensure Aboriginal people are always treated fairly in the legal justice system.

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No place like home for top student

Despite having been away for the past few years Cody Butler continues to go from strength to strength as a role model for the community.

Mr Butler left for Perth to study medicine more than four years ago but has returned as a fifth-year medical student with the current cohort at The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia.

It was only natural progression to become a doctor after he achieved dux of TEE at Eastern Goldfields College in 2007.

In the same year he was also awarded best Aboriginal male student in the Aboriginal Education Awards of achievement.

Proud of his Aboriginal heritage from the Wongutha people based in the Goldfields, Mr Butler has chosen Aboriginal health as a medical specialty.

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Outstanding Results for Year 12 Aboriginal Graduates

Aboriginal students across Australia are continuing to excel with 95 per cent from the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s program graduating Year 12 last year and most going on to further studies or jobs.

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Next generation of scientists and mathematicians

A strong partnership between parents, caregivers, teachers, students and corporate partners underpins the Wickham Maths and Science Centre of Excellence program with all parties playing a key role in helping the students excel at maths and science.

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Harrison Haynes G(P)FF – Graduate Suits and Utes

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2013 Regional Achievement and Community Awards Finalist

Follow the Dream Partnership for Success – Esperance Senior High School was announced as a finalist in the prestigious Department of Aboriginal Affairs Indigenous Service Award at the 2013 Regional Achievement and Community Awards on Friday night 18th October at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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New Learning Opportunities for Roebourne Primary Students

Roebourne District High School has welcomed a new learning program for primary school students which will provide local children with high levels of personal support to develop and improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

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A Peek into GUC University Life

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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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BHP Billiton continues to support Port Hedland students

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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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Broome Indigenous Students Celebrate

Broome Indigenous high school students will gather tonight to celebrate the past three years that the
Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program has been offered at their schools.

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Broome Indigenous students celebrate

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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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Lessons in Thailand

Students from Kununurra District High School had a history lesson with a difference when their classroom moved from the Kimberley to Kanchanaburi in western Thailand.

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Young Aboriginal students commit to maths and science

Aspirant Indigenous students at Wickham Primary School recently signed a deal which will see them continue to immerse themselves in the world of maths and science.

In April, 19 students in Years 4 to 7, along with their families and caregivers, and representatives from the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation and corporate Partner Rio Tinto, attended a Compact Signing at the Wickham Maths and Science Centre of Excellence.

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Rio Tinto Manager operations Cape Lambert Michael Bailey talks to students at Wickham Primary School

Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation April 2013

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Suits & Utes

As a student at Port Augusta Secondary School Harrison Haynes thought there was “no way you would have found him in an office wearing a tie every day”. Football, basketball and girlfriends were his priorities back then…These days Harrison wears a suit every day in his role as Acting Manager at the Port Augusta branch of the ANZ bank, proudly shows off his newly acquired ute and encourages young people to “take all the opportunities that come their way.”

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