Five of our amazing Year 12 Casuarina Senior College students have taken part in University familiarisation programs in Sydney and Melbourne this year.
The students were selected after a competitive process, including writing a personal statement about why they wanted to be involved and what they thought they could get out of the program.
Early in the year, three of the students were invited to attend the University of Sydney’s Wingara Murra Program. This gave them a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for university life.
They were invited back in July for an intensive week of exam preparation, tutorials and scholarship information to help them achieve success in their final year of school.
It wasn’t all work, though. They also got to go on a harbour cruise and attend a performance of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Dark Emu at the Sydney Opera House.
In August, another two Stars students travelled to the University of Melbourne to take part in the Murrup Barak Program, where they toured the residential colleges, met representatives from the different Faculties and spoke to current students about university life.
The two young women also took part in a leadership development program, which helped them connect with other Year 12 students and share their stories.
Again, it wasn’t all work! They were also taken to the movies, had fun ten-pin bowling and a great night in eating pizza and bonding with other Year 12 students from around Australia.
All five students came back to school in Darwin full of drive and motivation to complete Year 12 and go to university. We are so proud of their passion and we know that their determination to succeed will take them far.