Success Stories

Once our students have finished high school, we proudly send them on their way equipped to follow their dreams. Because of the close relationships they have developed with their co-ordinators and teachers sometimes we hear just how well they have done. Below are some stories from our past students.

Belmont Follow The Dream Graduate Excelling

It was an exciting moment tinged with sadness when Dominic Lawrence graduated from Belmont City College’s Follow The Dream program at the end of 2014. Dominic had been part of the program since joining the College in Year 8 and had consistently been one of the hardest workers in the program. Dominic matured into a […]

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Belmont Follow The Dream Graduate Excelling

Regina Leads The Way For Aboriginal Youth

Regina Richardson doesn’t consider herself any different to other students at Durack Institute of Technology in Geraldton. Her recent community, cultural and training achievements have been officially acknowledged at both state and national levels by prestigious training awards. At the beginning of 2014 Regina was selected as the winning recipient of Durack’s Aboriginal Student of the Year (sponsored by Rio Tinto), and awarded $1,000 prize at the Geraldton Graduation and Award ceremony in late March.

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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

Working Together

The Wickham Maths and Science Centre students travelled to Hedland last year to meet the Hedland Maths and Science Centre students and participate in Engineering activities and show case their Engquest projects.

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Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS)

Ballajura Community College 2014 Graduate Amy Lang was awarded $15,000 to study nursing at Edith Cowan University through the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme.

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James Clarke (17) of Beechboro awarded WA Young Person of the Year 2014

A year 12 student at Lockridge Senior High School, James has displayed outstanding leadership and valour in making a positive change to the community. As a homosexual Aboriginal youth, James has overcome challenges and now speaks out against prejudice to create a stronger, more informed society. He was elected vice-captain of his school and has […]

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

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 Kiara College graduate Utariah Clarke as the winner of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) prize.

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First Indigenous Graduate at Dalyellup College: Graduation

Good evening I’m Slade Hayward; I have been living here in Bunbury for the past two years and I have had the honour of being the very first indigenous student to graduate from Dalyellup College, being part of the class of 2014. I was born in Joondalup, Perth on the 12th of May 1997. My Mother is from a tribe in the Gulf-Carpentaria region of the Northern territory known as Garawa and my Father comes from two different tribes, the Nyiyaparli from the Pilbara region and the Noongar from the south-west region.

During the two years of me being at Dalyellup College I have been involved in the Follow the Dream Program which has just been a huge privilege.

It is because of their great support and dedication to see me get through upper school that I have been able to graduate with good results.

The Follow the Dream has allowed me to develop relationships with my teachers/tutors, hence enabling me to focus more intensely to my studies, and I will go as far as to call them my friends.

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Slade Hayward

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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Russell Duncan and CJ Singleton

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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Laura Vincent

Tom Price student graduates from NIDA

Shaka Cook speaks in more detail about his exceptional journey from the Pilbara Aboriginal community of Wakathuni to NIDA in Sydney. Shaka graduated from NIDA at the end of 2012 and he is now actively pursuing a career in acting while also fulfilling obligations at home.

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Shaka Cook
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High achiever in Muswellbrook

Petra Franks completed Year 12 in 2012 at Muswellbrook High School and has a list of achievements due to her hardwork and passion for learning.

An articulate and thoughtful student, Petra approaches all that she does in a mature way, always caring and sensitive to the needs of others. She has a passion for learning, understanding the power of knowledge, and she shares this with others. She conducts herself with dignity and with a highly developed sense of responsibility. She has been an excellent ambassador and role model at all times for the school and community.

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Petra Franks

Lockridge Student nominated for Pride of Australia Award

Ex-Lockridge SHS student, and FTD participant Casey Kickett is a WA Finalist in the Young Leader Category of the Pride of Australia Medal 2013.

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Jessica Continues to Shine

Jessica McCarthy joined the Port Augusta Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success in year 8 and continued her journey with the program to complete year 12 and obtain her SACE in 2012. As a year 11 student she did two school-based traineeships with the ANZ bank as well as maintaining a full study load a school. At the end of year 12 she was offered a position at the University of South Australia studying Nursing and the ANZ bank offered her a full time position. She declined both offers and took up a cadetship in Nursing at the Port Augusta Hospital. A normal week for Jessica in 2013 involves two days at the Hospital, two days part time at the ANZ bank and one day of study.

Jessica’s plans for the future are to complete her cadetship in enrolled nursing, then complete the study at University to become a registered nurse and onward to become a midwife.

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Jessica McCarthy

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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