Kids helped to think big

FORTY Aboriginal high school students spent three days at the Great Aussie Bush Camp last week, taking part in a program to encourage academic success.

Galuwa,  a Sydney area Aboriginal language word meaning ‘‘to climb’’, is a joint initiative of Glencore, the mining company, and the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

The program has run for the past six years.

Each year about 10 year 6 Aboriginal students from Hunter, Central Coast and Central West schools are awarded a scholarship through the Galuwa program, which includes weekly tutoring, especially in key areas of literacy and numeracy.

The scholarship also includes taking part in the annual Career Aspiration Hub focusing on accelerating academic skills, leadership, career development and goal-setting.

This year’s hub was held at the Great Aussie Bush Camp in Tea Gardens.

During the May 19 to 22 camp the scholarship students, 40 in total from years 6 to 8, took part in a range of cultural and personal development activities.

Craig Studwick from Glencore visited the camp to award 10 students new to the Galuwa program their scholarships.

‘‘It is very rewarding to be able to play a role in the development and support of our future Indigenous community leaders through the Galuwa program,’’ he said.