Students from Broome’s high schools will soon have access to tertiary expertise, as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed today between the State Government, the Catholic Education Office and Notre Dame University.
Announcing the 18-month trial in Broome today, Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said the agreement would ensure that talented local students would have access to additional academic training without having to travel to Perth.
“Despite the geographic isolation from educational enrichment opportunities, students in this region have demonstrated their ability to achieve at the highest academic levels,” Mr McGowan said.
“It will benefit students attending Broome Senior High School and St Mary’s College.”
The trial will start next month and will run until December 2009, and will be available to Years 11 and 12 students.
The Academic Extension Program will be managed by a committee including representatives from the two schools, Department of Education and Training, Catholic Education Office and University of Notre Dame.
Kimberley MLA Carol Martin said the MOU was fantastic news for local students, who would be able to attend workshops and access curriculum experts in the areas of career and academic counselling, English, science and maths.
“This new arrangement will help keep some of our brightest and best in the region longer,” Mrs Martin said.
The University of Notre Dame will host most of the workshops and activities, with other activities to be held at Kimberley TAFE.
“The link with University of Notre Dame will provide a rigorous academic influence to the program,” Mr McGowan said.
“To ensure a high-quality program for these students, experts will be flown to Broome from Perth to present workshops and activities.”
The Department of Education and Training and Catholic Education Office will each contribute $20,000 to the 18-month trial.
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