Home' Teacher : May 2010 Contents QUEENSLAND'S CURRENT AND FORMER STATE OF ORIGIN CHAMPIONS ARE
HELPING INDIGENOUS STUDENTS TO SUCCEED IN SPORT AND SCHOOL.
Good sorts for sports
Cu rrent and former Queensland State of
Origin legends are showing Indigenous
students that the passion and determination
they display in their sport can be used to
improve results in school through a not-for-
profit organisation called Former Origin
Greats (FOGs). The aim of the FOGs sports
champions is to use their sporting profile
and connections to make a difference in the
lives of Indigenous students.
The FOGS initiative is part of the
Achieving Results Through Indigenous
Education (ARTIE) pilot program, funded
by the Commonwealth Department of
Education, Employment and Workplace
Relations (DEEWR), to support the aca-
demic, cultural and sporting achievements
of Indigenous secondary school students in
six Queensland schools this year, with plans
to expand into more schools next year.
Students at Bundamba State Secondary
College and nearby Ipswich State High
School, Beenleigh SHS and nearby Marsden
SHS, Redbank Plains SHS in Brisbane's
outer south-west and Woodridge SHS
in Brisbane's outer south are now work-
ing with high-profile athletes, including
swimmer Jessicah Schipper, rugby league
legend Allan Langer and athletics cham-
pion Patrick Johnson, through mentoring,
classroom and sports team visits, cultural
workshops and camps, and online tutorials
ARTIE promotes active participation
in school subjects, high levels of school
attendance, improvement in literacy and
numeracy, responsible behaviour at school
or when representing the school, personal
growth and a positive work ethic.
ARTIE director and former Australian
netball captain Vicki Wilson said the pro -
gram will produce results. 'These ARTIE
students have a fantastic opportunity to
improve themselves in a number of ways,'
Wilson said. 'Through the support of
DEEWR, we're confident that this program
will be a success.'
Commonwealth Minister for Sport and
Youth, Kate Ellis, said the government's
investment of $4.5 million over four years
will enable the schools in the program to
use sport as a great motivator and a power-
ful tool. 'Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander youth have a passion and talent for
sport,' Ellis said, 'and FOGs is harnessing
that to motivate students to stay in school.'
Pictured, ARTIE mentor, swimmer
Jessic ah Schipper, with students from
Marsde n State High School.
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