Follow the Dream
At Fremantle College every student has the ability to succeed and we aim to prepare our students to thrive in the workforce and in their journeys through life. To support this goal for our students with Aboriginal heritage, we run the Department of Education funded program Follow the Dream (FTD).
FTD is a tutoring and mentoring program for high achieving students with Aboriginal heritage and runs for one hour after school, four days a week. FTD participants enjoy afternoon tea while catching up with friends in a relaxed environment before having access to amazing tutors from each of the core learning areas. FTD students are able to access support with their homework, study for upcoming assessments and prepare for part time employment, university entrance or further training. As well as tutoring and mentoring after school, students have access to special excursions to universities, work places, reward activities and cultural enrichment experiences. FTD is a fantastic community to be a part of for students wanting to take their education seriously and strive to achieve their very best.
A number of experiences our Follow the Dream students participated in this year include:
UWA and St Catherine’s College Visit
Seven Year 11 Follow The Dream students attended the Indigenous Careers Expo, hosted by the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in Crawley. Students met with a large group of people who work in a wide range of career pathways in the public and private cooperate sectors, as well as the educational and mining sectors.
Fremantle College was represented by Follow the Dream students at two Reconciliation Day events around Perth.
Our students have been participating in the Rio Tinto Earth Assist (RTEA) program, an award-winning environmental education and student volunteering program, engaging thousands of primary and secondary school students across the length and breadth of WA. The program takes an experiential learning approach to education, enabling teachers and students to easily step outside the classroom, to enhance their school’s natural environment or assist local conservation projects happening in their area.
This program has been contextualised to support cultural learning and enrichment for Aboriginal students and connect Aboriginal students with country and culture. This is done by engaging with Noongar people in the community to deliver cultural knowledge and learning. Our students have thoroughly embraced the Earth Assist program and enjoy all incursions and excursions associated.
In Term 3, Fremantle College celebrated NAIDOC Week with a number of fantastic events and activities. The inspiration for the week was, “Because of her, we can!” and this theme was front and centre at the college’s first NAIDOC assembly. Produced in partnership with staff and students, and attended by a large contingent of community and family members, the assembly featured key note addresses from Stephen Michael and Sharna Walley. Emotional tributes were made to the women in our students’ lives, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag ceremony was respectful and the musical performances from our talented Aboriginal students were outstanding. This was a fantastic event which was well received by students, teachers and guests.
Other events during NAIDOC Week included:
Cultural story telling by Olman Walley and Ron Bradfield
Girls AFL Carnival
Aboriginal Men and Women guest speakers
Careers discussion with Aboriginal professionals
Aboriginal culture based in class activities
Noongar Six Seasons Mural with artist Cheryl Lawson
Yulunga: Tradition Indigenous Games
Noongar Six Seasons Mural
At Fremantle College we recognise that Aboriginal people have walked on this land for thousands of years and are in fact the oldest continuous culture on the planet. As a school community, we are very proud to have a strong and proud Aboriginal student cohort. To help celebrate this during NAIDOC Week, our FTD students worked with Noongar artist Cheryl Lawson on a large scale mural which tells the story of the Noongar Six Seasons. Ms Lawson gave artistic and cultural direction for the project but was very clear about making sure our students had a strong sense of ownership over the whole project, giving them license to be creative and express themselves through the art.
This project was a brilliant opportunity for our students to put their stamp on the college in a way that celebrates our rich cultural heritage and transformed what were once blank walls of the new school building into a vibrant celebration of our Aboriginal people and its connection to country.
The project was only possible with the financial support from Partnership Acceptance Learning Sharing (PALS – an initiative of the Western Australian Government’s Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries), Fremantle College and Follow The Dream. Thanks also goes to Ms Lawson and the Lawson family.
To view our Follow the Dream Term 4 Newsletter, please click here Follow the Dream Newsletter
Article from The Australian dated 14/2/2019 regarding the Follow the Dream Program, click here to view