Saturday, July 13, 2024

Major win for Karratha education initiative

A WA high school program has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to education in the Pilbara region.

The Karratha Education Initiative initiative – a partnership between the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project and Karratha Senior High School – was launched in 2007 to help improve educational opportunities for students in the region. 

The initiative recently took out two gongs at the 2023 Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Excellence Awards, with the Community Development Excellence Award and the Chair’s Award for the most outstanding program across all award categories.

Karratha Senior High School Principal, Mario Tufilli said he was delighted the program was celebrated for its leadership, collaboration, innovation, and outcomes.

“It is great that the contribution from staff and students at Karratha Senior High School over the years was acknowledged at such a prestigious event,” Mr Tufilli said.

“The diversity of opportunities provided through the KEI allows students to engage in programs and activities that support their health and wellbeing, strengthen academic achievement, deliver positive educational outcomes, and enrich students’ learning experiences.”  

He said one of the key aspects of the initiative is its comprehensive career awareness program. 

Karratha Senior High School student on the Leeuwin as part of the initiative.

By exposing students to various career paths, industry insights and hands-on experiences, the program aims to equip them with the knowledge and skills required to make informed decisions about their future.

The initiative helps provide resources and support through ATAR revision seminars, online tutoring and subject advice, as well as a primary to secondary school transition program.

“The positive impact of the KEI is evident with families remaining in Karratha, assured that their children have access to high-quality secondary education options and strong employment opportunities,” Mr Tufilli said.

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