Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students explore uni life

29 May 2013

As part of Reconciliation Week 2014, more than 250 year seven and eight students visited the University of Sydney to experience a day at university.

Now in their seventh year, the Student Explore Uni Days aim to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to stay at school and consider higher education.

All areas of interest were catered for the year seven and eight students in a day of hands-on activities, with students able to make their own ice cream using liquid nitrogen, express the emotion of pride through poetry, find out more about the man on the $50 note, and compete to build the tallest tower out of spaghetti.

"For the younger students our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Experience Days are about exploring university and what happens here, for the older students the focus is on preparing for the HSC and planning for their own future," says Annette Cairnduff, Director of Social Inclusion at the University of Sydney.

"We hope that the students who have visited us this week will walk away inspired by the opportunities and confident in considering higher education as a real possibility for them. We also hope that we will see many of them back again this January as part of the Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program.

"On a personal level, it's been a real inspiration to have a group of such motivated, interested and applied young people on campus this week."

Students at the Explore Uni Day had the opportunity to plant a hand in the Sea of Hands installation, one of the largest art installations in Australia currently illuminated as part of a href="">Vivid Path to the Future.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Explore Uni Day is a partnership between the University's Compass Program, Student Recruitment Unit and The Smith Family.

"Through providing a range of interactive and fun activities with great educational value, students can get a taste for higher education," says Angela Saad, Learning for Life Team Leader at The Smith Family.

"Hearing stories from their peers is inspiring as they can see that it is possible to aspire to higher education and that the support will be available should they need it to help them achieve their goals. Students find the event a very positive experience."