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 which started at both schools in 2011, thanks to support from the Browse Joint Venture participants, the Catholic Education Office of WA and the Department of Education.
Last Friday night, these high school students and their parents joined the Department’s Jacqueline McGowan-Smith, Executive Director, Aboriginal Education, Foundation CEO Neil Jarvis and Michael Roe representing Woodside as Operator of the Browse FLNG Development to celebrate the past four years that the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program has been offered at their schools.
Foundation CEO Neil Jarvis said the program had already achieved great success in Broome, with 43 Year 12 students in the program achieving their Western Australian Certificate of Education last year.
“This year there are 59 students from Broome Senior High School and 34 students from St Mary’s College from years 8-12 participating in the program, which is really encouraging and we look forward to seeing more students graduate year 12 later in the year,” Mr Jarvis said.
Broome Senior High School Principal Saeed Amin believes the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program positively helps close the cultural gap and gets students up to speed with their education.
“The Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program is particularly good as it is non-interfering and the values of the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation are very powerful for the students,” Mr Amin said.
St Mary’s College Principal Michael Pepper said the school population at St Mary’s was 50/50 Indigenous and non-Indigenous with many of students coming from the desert and remote communities.
“The Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program encourages high levels of attendance, builds self-esteem and provides important mentoring and guidance through each of the participating students’ education journey.”
Woodside and the Browse Joint Venturers have proudly supported the Polly Farmer Foundations’ Follow the Dream project in Broome since it commenced in 2011.The Browse Joint Venture participants remain committed to delivering lasting social benefits to help build capacity in those communities where we operate. This will be achieved by building indigenous capacity and increasing community participation.
Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation CEO Neil Jarvis 08 9443 7260