Early this term, 15 of our hardworking and dedicated students were given the chance to step outside the community to see how big the world really is and experience some of the amazing opportunities that are available to them. They were selected to take part in the Cathy Freeman Foundation Horizon Tour to Sydney. The Sydney tour is all about personal development, future pathways and career aspirations. The students were asked to start making plans and decisions for their future.
The students started the week by looking at the skills and attributes that make people successful. We were lucky enough to hear from many Indigenous role models that shared their stories and some of the challenges that stood in the way of successful. It was clear that their stories had very similar themes. They were typically from small areas or remote communities, they had lots of bad influences to contend with, they had family members that are in jail or trouble with the law and they had plenty of people that doubted them along the way. Even with all these road blocks in the way, these proud, young Indigenous people chased their dreams, stuck to their plan, aimed big, set goals and worked hard to get where they are. Their stories were truly inspiring and proved to the Bwgcolman kids how important it is to have passion, commitment and personal drive.
It wasn’t all work and no play. We were also lucky enough to join the 83 000 people at ANZ Stadium to watch the Queenslanders secure their 8th State of Origin series win. We hung out with the lifesavers from Bondi Rescue and had a swim at the iconic beach. We chilled out with Rhys Wesser at South Sydney Rabbitohs training and we worked out in the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence gym every morning.
Please congratulate the following students on their efforts and representation of Palm Island when you see them around the community: Peter Reid, Sharmika Curley, John Geia, Jona Dabea, Kenny Baira, Neil Baira, Kathleen Haines, Nagarie Pearson, Health Lacey, Dehannah Morgan, Shirl Barry-Curley, Raymond Ketchup, Thomas Baira, Breanna Cannon & Alvina Walton