18 December 2014
As the 2014 school year draws to a close I would like to collectively congratulate all the students we have had the pleasure to work with this year. We have seen some wonderful achievements including eight students at Bwgcolman Community School on Palm Island, and two CFF Scholarship students in Townsville, completing Year 12 in 2014. In addition, St Michael’s Catholic School showed a 41.5% increase in the number of students achieving the 90% attendance benchmark this year.
Last week I was delighted to visit Woorabinda to celebrate the end of a term with the students of Woorabinda Primary School and Wadja Wadja High School. I was joined at the very first Starting Block Awards ceremony with Board Director, Odette Best, and staff from Palm Island and Melbourne and it was very special to make these connections with the Woorabinda community. The pride on the students and parents faces was a wonderful end of year gift for our team.
Meanwhile, there has also been terrific progress with Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic Primary School and Xavier Catholic College in Wurrumiyanga, and we recently presented the second round of Starting Block Awards. The schools welcomed CFF’s new ambassador and athletics champion, Kyle Vander Kuyp, at their ceremonies and we are thrilled that Kyle has joined us on this journey. We were greatly encouraged to join more than 150 parents and community members supporting their children and the community.
We are excited to announce that from late January 2015 we will be working with the Galiwin’ku community on Elcho Island in the Northern Territory. We look forward to getting to know the community and working together to improve education outcomes.
To all our supporters, we thank you for sharing our vision and with your support we can help 1600 Indigenous children reach their potential in school and beyond.
Until school returns, I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable festive season and a lovely break over the summer period.
Cathy Freeman, Founder & Director
Cathy Freeman Foundation