Since 2007 MUCH HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN PURSUING THE VISION OF THE CATHY FREEMAN FOUNDATION.
2018 was no exception with the foundation achieving fantastic results.
2019 HIGHLIGHTS & IMPACTS
Significant increase in community and stakeholder engagement in 3 out of 4 communities
100% in Galiwin’ku
58% in Woorabinda
42% in Wurrumiyanga
FAMILY OPEN DAYS:
94% increase in the number of Family Open Days
STARTING BLOCK AWARDS:
8% increase in Starting Block Awards in Galiwin’ku
32% increase in the engagement of boys and young men in the Horizons program
4/7 schools had a significant increase in the number of Starting Block 90% attendance awards
17 YEAR 12 GRADUATES::
In a year where Queensland had the smallest number of students completing year 12.
INCREASED SELF-EFFICACY IN STUDENTS:
82% increase in the number of students who stated that the Horizons camp increased their confidence a lot.
DEVELOPMENT OF A SCOPE AND SEQUENCE FOR THE WORKBOOKS:
Alignment of Starting Block workbooks to General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.
INCREASE IN INDIGENOUS STAFF:
Indigenous staff at CFF made up 71% of total staff in 2019, an increase of 4% from 2018.
21 five-year old’s graduated from the HIPPY program, an increase of 31% from 2018
Each quarter the Cathy Freeman Foundation Programs Team collate stories of interest and success that monitor and evaluate the Foundation’s programs and show the positive impact the programs are having on the lives of the students and families we work with.
To show how your support is helping more Indigenous kids succeed in school, we’d like to share these stories with you here.
WADJA WADJA HIGH SCHOOL, WOORABINDA
“Hello, my name is Harry*. I am currently in Year 10 and I attend the Wadja Wadja High School. My father is from Mornington Island and my mother is from here in Woorabinda.
I attend school almost every day at Wadja Wadja High School. I enjoy my subjects and like being a leader to the younger students of my school. The reason I became involved with the Cathy Freeman Foundation is because of my leadership in the school and my school attendance.
I was chosen to attend the Horizons camp down to Melbourne this term, where I got to meet new students from different communities and learn about their lifestyles. Attending the camp showed me what I want to achieve in my future, about not being shame and that there are plenty of opportunities out there.
One of my favourite things on the camp was visiting Viva Energy and learning about how fuel is made. This helped me with understanding what pathway I want to take in achieving my dream to become an engineer.
After being on the camp I now know where and what I want to do when I graduate from school, and I have new friends from the other communities. The camp has helped me with achieving my goal to become an engineer.
I am thankful that the Cathy Freeman Foundation gave me the opportunity to attend the Melbourne Horizons camp. This opportunity is important to me because I want to see changes in my community and to be a better leader for the younger students of my school and community.
Attending the Horizons Camp encouraged me to become a better leader for my school and community, to try new things and to not be shame. The camp also encouraged me to continue attending school and to graduate, so I can achieve my dream of becoming an engineer."