Introduction to University for high school indigenous students

25 September 2009

On Tuesday, 29 September, 91 indigenous high school students from Years 8, 9 and 10 attended the first ever Indigenous Students Experience Day held at the University in conjunction with The Smith Family and the University's Koori Centre.

On Wednesday, 30 September more than 260 Year 9 and 10 students from The Smith Family's Learning for Life communities across Sydney and its outskirts attended the fifth annual University Experience Day.

In addition to a campus tour, students coming from as far away as Nowra, will choose from a series of hands-on workshops such as examining animal skulls, making-money ideas, discussing the history of indigenous law in Australia and discovering the secrets of our amazing earth.

"The days provide students with a taste of university life in a fun and relaxed environment, whilst also prompting them to consider serious career options in areas which interest them like law, science, or agriculture," Executive Director of Engagement, Paul Henderson said.

"The University is proud of our long association with The Smith Family, which is an important element in our social inclusion program," said Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.

"Experience Days like these have in the past been aimed at high school students in years 11 and 12. By introducing students from year 8 and 9 to the University we hope to encourage them to stay on at school and consider higher education as a real option for themselves."

"We are particularly pleased to be hosting the Indigenous Student's Experience Day for the first time this year and hope that this targeted initiative assists in developing awareness of the benefits and opportunities of further study both at this institution and more broadly," Dr Spence said.

The high school students will spend time with current University of Sydney students, including indigenous students and some who are on The Smith Family's learning-for-life program, undertake a campus tour and spend their lunch break with some of the University's athletes.

Photos from the Indigenous Students' Experience Day