“I HAVE no suggestions for improvements because it was already too deadly! Keep doing a deadly job!”
That was just one of the many positive comments gathered from attendees after Indigenous Connections at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast yesterday.
Deadly is an Aboriginal slang word meaning excellent, very good or cool.
About 40 students from five Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg high schools attended the annual event, which was designed to excite and inspire students about their education and career aspirations.
USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said yesterday’s Indigenous Connections event in Hervey Bay was very engaging with a good balance of cultural and educational activities.
“The feedback speaks for itself,” Mr Langabeer said.
“It was all positive and teachers talked about the students seeing the value of coming onto campus and being involved with the university.
“They relished the opportunity to talk with Aboriginal Elders and students to get first-hand insights into what they need to do, the decisions they will need to make, and how they can be supported to achieve their career goals.
Mr Langabeer said USQ put on a good display for the schools, showcasing the University’s strong cultural orientation and Indigenous respect.
“There is a strong mutual respect between USQ and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
“It was just fantastic. I watched the workshop from beginning to end and some students who were shy at the start were really involved by the end.”
USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the annual Indigenous Connections event was a great opportunity for Years 8 to 12 students to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activities and academic sessions.
“There were plenty of chances to learn more about tertiary study with a mixed mode of academic and career development sessions available.”
Featured photo: Aldridge State High School students Bethany Blackman (left) and Paige Hatherell learn about sound and hearing with USQ’s Ruth Newby and Dr Michelle Adamson at Indigenous Connections in Hervey Bay.