SIX fresh-faced CQUniversity students are helping bridge the gap in education for indigenous youth in Gladstone.

As part of the Australian Government-funded ARTIE program, CQUniversity Bachelor of Learning Management students have volunteered to assist indigenous students at Toolooa State High School.

Yesterday the group of Gladstone students, ARTIE representative Matt Martin, Toolooa State High School teachers and NRL stars Brent Tate and Steve Price celebrated their efforts with a lunch at the yacht club.

Toolooa State High School indigenous education co-ordinator Bill Moloney said the program was well received by the students.

"The program really gets the students involved. They love it and I love teaching them and seeing them succeed," Mr Moloney said.

NRL legend and former State of Origin player Steve Price said he would continue his involvement in the ARTIE program next year.

Since April, six students from CQUniversity's Gladstone campus have been participating in the program, which is attended by about 60 indigenous students in Years 8 to 10 at Toolooa State High School.

Gladstone State High School also participates in the ARTIE program.


Youth program points Paula in new direction

CQUniversity student Paula McDonald had her sights set on primary school teaching.

But since participating in the ARTIE program for secondary schools in Gladstone, the first-year Bachelor of Learning Management student has had a change of heart.

"I may have changed my mind of where I want to end up because of the program," the CQUniversity student said.

Since April, the 35-year-old Gladstone resident has been involved in the voluntary program.

"I'm really enjoying it. The students bond together in a group and push each other in class," she said.

Paula, along with a handful of other CQUniversity students, has been assisting a group of indigenous students at Toolooa State High School with their maths and literary skills.

The student teachers are assigned students to assist during class time.

"You really form a relationship with the students through the program and I think that's what encourages them to come to school."



What's ARTIE?

  • 'Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education'
  • The program was named in honour of the late indigenous State of Origin star Arthur Beetson
  • More than 50 indigenous students will benefit from the Toolooa High program
  • Gladstone High participates in ARTIE