School of Indigenous Studies high school outreach program

Aspire UWA provides assistance and encouragement for Indigenous students through the School of Indigenous Studies.

The School of Indigenous Studies is an Aspire UWA partner offering a highly successful outreach program designed to address the low transition rate of Indigenous students from secondary to tertiary education.

Very few Indigenous students gain an ATAR to get direct entry to university and many students are not aware of the opportunities available to them, let alone encouraged to consider university as an option.

The School of Indigenous Studies High School Outreach program coordinates activities for Indigenous students in Years 7 to 12 to encourage them to consider university and assist with the transition into tertiary education.

The main focus is residential seminars and camps on Leadership, WACE Revision and Science for students in Years 10 to 12. The program provides flexibility, so students can apply for activities that are of interest or relevance to them. Students come from all regions of WA and generally access more than one activity during their secondary schooling.

The program has seen a considerable increase in enrolments at UWA. In the last 10 years the Indigenous student cohort has increased by 83 per cent. 65 per cent of first year student enrolments in the past 3 years (undergraduate and orientation courses) have participated in the SIS High School Outreach Program and the number of Indigenous students living at one of UWA's residential colleges has increased from 30 in 2010 to 80 in 2014.

Thanks for organising an amazing day for the students. I was very impressed by all the guest speakers and felt proud to be a part of this program. You mob at SIS are awesome and our kids are all lucky to have you.Aboriginal Teachers Assistant, Kolbe Catholic College

Key Features

  • Year 12 Leadership Seminar (Residential)
  • WACE Revision for Year 11 and 12 (Residential)
  • Year 10 Science Camp
  • Year 8 Discovery Days
  • School Excursions to UWA Campus
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to yourself and all the staff for putting on such a well planned and fun day for all the students and their teachers. My students and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and doing the different activities and meeting the instructors and students from other schools. I personally found the day very inspiring and I can’t wait to do it all again in years to come.Byford Secondary College Teacher after the 2016 Year 8 Discovery Days

Year 8 Discovery Days

Full day on campus

Students will
  • Be exposed to a variety of courses and subjects available at UWA.
Strategies/resources
  • Participation in campus-based interactive activities facilitated by academics and students at UWA.

Year 10 Science Camp

Residential 5 day camp

Students will
  • Be exposed to a variety of STEM courses subjects available at UWA as well as a variety of STEM careers.
  • Develop friendships and personal networks.
  • Experience residential college life.
Strategies/resources
  • Participation in campus-based interactive activities facilitated by academics and students at UWA.
  • Social media networks maintained by SIS staff.
  • Participation in external science activities and experiences, social and cultural activities.

Year 12 Leadership Seminar

Residential 5 day camp

Students will
  • Increase motivation towards educational goals.
  • Be exposed to a variety of courses and subjects available at UWA through hands-on participation.
  • Be exposed to courses and opportunities at other universities.
  • Develop leadership, interpersonal, self-management  and study skills.
  • Develop friendships and personal networks.
  • Experience an accurate and authentic representation of university life.
Strategies/resources
  • Participation in campus-based interactive activities facilitated by academic and student organisations at UWA.
  • Participation in leadership, motivational, personal development and social and cultural activities.
  • Participation in study skills and essay writing workshops.
  • Shadow current UWA students, attend lectures and visit and eat at a residential college.

Year 11 and 12 WACE Revision Residential Camp

Residential 5 day camp

Students will
  • Receive additional intensive tuition with the aim of improving their understanding of their WACE subjects and assessment results for those subjects.
  • Experience residential college life.
  • Develop friendships and personal networks.
Strategies/resources
  • Sponsorship in WACE Revision Courses.
  • Stay in a university residential college.
  • Participation in social activities.

Teacher/school representative engagement

Teachers/educators will
  • Be provided with information about opportunities for Indigenous students at UWA
  • Develop personal networks and ongoing relationships with SIS staff
Strategies/resources
  • Regular visits to schools, regular contact with educators.
  • Tailor programs to meet the needs of individual schools.
I had a great time last week and so did Tanaya, I am looking forward to coming back with more students next year.ATA Mandurah CC

Contact

Ray Garrett

Senior Project Officer
Aspire UWA – Indigenous
School of Indigenous Studies

Phone
08 6488 4603
Fax
08 6488 1100
Email
[email protected]

School of Indigenous Studies