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Broncos program supports Bremer High’s Indigenous girls

​Ex-Broncos player Justin Hodges, Project Officer for Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy Taneshia Atkinson, Teacher Aide Cherie Lawton, Teacher Aide and Women’s Broncos team captain Ali Briggenshaw

​A unique program is supporting young Indigenous women at Bremer State High School stay at school and reach their potential.

Earlier this year the school introduced the Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy to provide in-school mentoring and cultural-based support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Years 7 to 12.

Bremer State High School Executive Principal Kay Louwrens said the program complemented the great Indigenous programs already operating at the school.

"We are very excited about this program," she said.

"It adds a richness to these girls' lives, to their schooling and to their futures."

One of the key mentors is Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy student support officer Cherie Lawton, a Yuin/Wiradjuri Aboriginal woman from the south coast of New South Wales who has been living in Ipswich for the past 10 years.

"Bremer High is one of more than 20 schools in Queensland and northern New South Wales to participate in the program," Ms Lawton said.

"The academy's main goal is to support the girls to come to school, stay in school, complete their studies and transition into further education or employment," Ms Lawton said.

"The program values the vital role that young women play in influencing our next generation.

 "This is an opportunity to help Indigenous students and to show them the benefit and opportunities education brings.

"I am looking forward to working with the young Indigenous girls of our future and I am excited to travel this memorable journey with them and their families," she said.

Dean of Students (Year 10 and Indigenous Outcomes) Dan Pym said the program provided culturally based support to students.

"Girls enrolled in the program learn to value education, to value themselves and to value their impact as positive role models," he said.

Students will also receive support from the Broncos Indigenous Ambassadors Justin Hodges and Scott Prince who will be running workshops at the school every term.

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Last updated
13 May 2019