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 complete year 12 where he enrolled in the Foundation’s Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program. Garryn was inspired to enroll after seeing his brother Glen participate from years 8 to 12 and go on to achieve his aspiration of being diesel mechanic.
2014 Program Co-ordinator Stephen Carter said Garryn was a quiet student who quickly demonstrated his capacity to focus and study hard.
“By the end of term one Garryn was regularly attending the Enrichment Centre every night doubling to eight hours of study and assistance from tutors per week,” Mr Carter said. “His hard work did not go unrecognised and at the Port Augusta Secondary School Year 12 Graduation he received the Aboriginal Education Award and a Parliamentary Medal from the Local Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pelekhaan.”
“Obviously Garryn already has what it takes be very successful, but I have no doubt that the Polly Farmer Foundation programme in Port Augusta has been instrumental in guiding and supporting him to make the very most of his strengths and capacity,” Mr van Holst Pelekhaan said. “I warmly congratulate Garryn, his family and the Enrichment Centre for what he has achieved already and the successes that lie ahead for him.”
Garryn is attending Wirltu Yarlu at Adelaide University to complete a University Preparatory Course after which he will start study in a degree course of his choice.
“The future without a doubt will be successful in whatever direction he chooses and he will be a respected and proud Aboriginal Kookatha man,” Mr Carter said.
Students from years 8 to 12 from Port Augusta Secondary School participate in the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program. The program is currently supported by BHP Billiton Olympic Dam, Alinta Energy, Genesee Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd, SA Power Networks, Ant and Mary Lou Simpson, and Government of South Australia: Department of Education and Child Development, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology and Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy.
Port Augusta Follow the Dream co-ordinator Stephen Carter Mobile: 0417 847 107
Photo: Port Augusta Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success 2014 program co-ordinator Stephen Carter, award winning graduate Garryn Wingfield and teacher Simon Harding.