Since 2007 MUCH HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN PURSUING THE VISION OF THE CATHY FREEMAN FOUNDATION.
2019 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.
Karrisha STUDENT, BWGCOLMAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Hi, my name is Karrisha and I’m from Palm Island. I am 17 years old and very proud of my Aboriginal culture. I currently attend the Bwgcolman Community School in Year 11. I was one of the 4 students that’s been selected to go on the Year 11/12 Horizon’s Trip to Sydney. I didn’t really know what to expect from this camp, so I did ask some of the Year 12 students from last year and their reply was, it’s boring we just do lots of work and walking everywhere. Well that wasn’t very helpful, so I decided to pack my bags and take this journey on to experience the capital city of New South Wales and to see first-hand the opportunities this leadership camp as to offer me so I am able to come back to my home and share this information with my family and friends. I must admit I have struggled this year with my attendance and found it very challenging to come to every day. Attending the camp has made me realise there is more things to life that I’m used to living on Palm Island. So, I made up my mind to be dedicated to school. Not only did I get to go on Horizons Sydney trip 2 weeks later, I set off to the Gold Coast with the school for tourism & hospitality training. I recently received my Certificate 3 in Tourism and Hospitality and a school-based traineeship with SOS (Health Foundation), and I have learnt that there are so much opportunities for Aboriginal Indigenous people if you allow yourself to try and never give up. With the help and support of my family, friends, teachers and the Cathy Freeman Foundation, I will be able to achieve my goals in completing school and moving forward to study at university to become a teacher.