Scholarship scheme for Indigenous students launched in Port Hedland

An Indigenous contractor has launched a partnership with a primary school in Port Hedland to help provide educational development opportunities for Indigenous students.

Indigenous Construction Resource Group (ICRG) unveiled its Little Stars program at St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School last week.

The group is initially investing $200,000 to fund 20 students’ education and provide mentoring and pastoral care for three years.

ICRG chairman Clinton Wolf says the company hopes to continue its support in the future.

“We want to see them right through so we presented certificates to two students who were in kindergarten,” he said.

“Our vision and our goal would be, and has to be with the support of St Cecilia’s because they are delivering the education, that we take that student right through until they finish their primary school.

“The first three years is the starting point and we hope to have this relationship long-term, so hopefully it will go on to the foreseeable future.”

School principal Peter Allen says the scholarships will help fund uniforms, books and bus fares, as well as mentoring services for families.

Mr Allen says 10 of the scholarships have been awarded to existing students and the remainder will be given to children outside the school.

“At the present I am working with a local ownership group and they are sort of going through people and finding other students that we can interview and hopefully offer them scholarships as well,” he said.

“So they’ll come from the local Indigenous population as well but from outside the school.

“About 10 or 15 per cent of our school kids are Indigenous, so at the end of this new scheme we hope to end up with a higher ratio of Indigenous kids at the school.”

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