More than 20 Karratha students recently formalised their commitment to participate in the Gumula Mirnuwarni (GM) Education Program at a Compact Signing ceremony held at the Karratha Senior High School.
The students signed a memorandum of understanding in front of their parents, teachers, peers and representatives from the Woodside-operated North West Shelf (NWS) Project.
The GM Education Program is delivered by the Graham Polly Farmer Foundation and is proudly supported by the NWS Project and Rio Tinto.
Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation General Manager Douglas Mitchell said the Compact Signing was a significant day in the GM Education Program calendar.
"It is an agreement that signifies the students', their families', school and supporters' commitment to the program, which is a vital key to the success of the GM Education Program," Douglas said.
James Adie, System Engineer at the NWS Project's Karratha Gas Plant (KGP), is a Wiradjuri man from central New South Wales and is Woodside's champion for the program.
James attended the Compact Signing event and spoke to the students about how important getting a good education had been in his life.
"Education gave me the key to unlock the door and take the first step into my future career," James said.
The GM Education Program provides after school tutorials for Indigenous high school students from both Karratha Senior High School and St Luke's College in the City of Karratha. The programs' goal is for participants to receive academic and mentoring support to increase their grades, stay in school, complete year 12 and to guide students onto further learning and / or employment after graduation.
GM Education Program Coordinator, Jarrod Dimanlig, is committed to supporting the continuing development of students' learning.
In addition to managing tutors and other support outside of school hours, Jarrod liaises with his GM students and their teachers throughout the school day, providing an essential support network.
Photo: James Adie in the red shirt with Dylan Hansen, Jade Churnside and Tyler Atkinson from the GM Education Program.