Follow the Dream

Follow the Dream is a program to help Indigenous students reach their potential in high school and work towards a university entrance.

Students identified by the program are already showing signs of success within their schooling with high levels of attendance and achievement in NAPLAN and other assessments.

With the right amount of support and encouragement from teachers and the community this thread can be picked up, nurtured and woven into the fabric of a bright future. It's not just up to the students, it's up to everyone.

The program aims to steadily increase the number of Indigenous students completing Year 12 and going on to university. Greater number of Indigenous Australians at university is critical for the greater Australian Community.

A university level education opens doors to satisfying employment opportunities with the prospect of eventually undertaking meaningful work at a highly skilled level. The Follow the Dream Program will help Indigenous students set their sights on such opportunities and help them take the necessary steps to achieving their goals.

Like a ripple spreading through water every Indigenous child realising his or her dream becomes the inspiration of another.

About the Program

All students at secondary school require a great amount of support to be successful during these critical years. Follow the Dream facilitates support to participating students and their families by bringing together the shared wisdom of community members and highly committed teaching staff. Involvement in the program from sectors in the community, including schools and industry has proven to have positive results for students.

The environment fostered at Follow the Dream centres enables these students to develop a sense of ownership and pride in their education. Their obvious satisfaction in being part of the program is evident through improved academic performance, self-esteem, high attendance rates and an eagerness to encourage their friends to take part.

Students selected to join the program will have strong support and a potential for academic success.

Highly experienced teachers manage the day-to-day running of the program and participating families are invited to help "drive it" by taking part in meetings and having a say in deciding on future directions.

Program Plan

The program provides students with:

  • Tutors to assist with homework, study habits and goal setting
  • A documented learning plan
  • A mentor to review their school progress and general well-being.
  • Regular updates on academic performance
  • Career guidance
  • Educational excursions to develop confidence and skills
  • A safe and supported environment to student after school, equipped with computers and educational resources.
  • Regular contact with parents and teachers regarding student academic progress.

To find out more contact program coordinator using the contact details below.

Tina Deegan

Program Coordinator

Follow the Dream Outreach Program

Mount Lawley Senior High School

65 Woodsome Street

Mount Lawley WA 6050

Phone: (08) 9471 0322

Fax: (08) 9271 1126

tina.deegan@education.wa.edu.au