Aboriginal students beat study blues

LEARNING has rarely been so much fun for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students who attend semi-weekly study sessions at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast.

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the University was proud to host the Deadly-Cation Study Group in partnership with UnitingCare, Community Education Counsellors and the Hervey Bay and Urangan state high schools.

“Up to 30 school students meet at the campus in Hervey Bay every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for assistance with English and Maths,” Professor Thomas said.


Lane Stagg of Hervey Bay High School joins the Deadly-Cation Study Group.

“The relaxed and motivated environment offers the students full access to computers for assignments and teachers onsite to answer questions.”

UnitingCare Community’s Parental and Community Engagement Program (PaCE) manager Gayle Minniecon said the group’s success was a credit to team leader Lesa Stagg and her staff.

“Students have engaged with the classes and welcoming Year 7s early this year swelled numbers to around 30 students,” Ms Minniecon said.

“Periodically we ask people from the community to speak on topics such as education, applying for jobs, motivation, school attendance, bullying, strength and being a positive role model.

“Students are sending messages of thanks and excitement as their results are improving. This has really boosted their self-esteem and encouraged them to strive harder.

“On behalf of the students, parents and teachers at Deadly-Cation Study Group, I thank USQ Fraser Coast for the space.

“The continued support and endless community spirit of Campus Executive Manager Brett Langabeer and staff is heart-warming. We are truly grateful. Without their assistance there wouldn’t be a study group.

“I know the students feel really at home on campus. They feel welcomed and pretty deadly being there too, which makes it very easy for them to concentrate on their studies.”

Student quotes:

  • “Study Group ROCKS! Best food, best juice, lovely people and heaps of computers. My marks have never been higher.” – Chelsea, Year 11, Urangan High School.
  • “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work in the Deadly-Cation group it’s really helped me in all of my classes. I have improved in my English and maths. The teachers were great to work with and good help. It’s been good fun, the Uni is a cool space to work, lots of computers, and the food was really good.” – Bernie, Year 10, Hervey Bay High School.
  • “Thank you for using your time to help us and giving us the opportunity to succeed in our work. I love coming to the uni to study and I love this group and I have achieved higher marks in most of my subjects.” – Lanaya, Year 8, Hervey Bay High School.
  • “Just want to say thanks to you and the teachers for starting up the Deadly-Cation Study Group. My grades are really good, and I can understand my Maths. I really like the study room, oh and the food is really good too.” – Kyle, Year 10, Hervey Bay High School.



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