Legends help students kick goals

Published 12:00pm 4 May 2023

Legends help students kick goals
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured above: Tullawong State High School students Jacob Blank and Akasha Unmeopa with Ali Brigginshaw and Scott Prince.

Broncos’ stars went back to the classroom in Caboolture yesterday, showing the importance of education and inspiring our next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.

Linking cultural identity with academic achievement, 75 students from Tullawong State High School are enrolled in this years’ Beyond the Broncos program.

The initiative is designed to inspire and assist with educational opportunities for Indigenous students.

Since joining the program in 2019, Moreton Bay region has helped more than 400 students gain a love of learning, develop leadership skills and build a strong sense of cultural pride.

For our Elders

League legend Scott Prince and Broncos NRLW captain Ali Brigginshaw, a Beyond the Broncos ambassador, held a workshop on the 2023 NAIDOC theme: For our Elders.

“Our Tullawong students’ outstanding academic achievements are proof the Beyond the Broncos program works and helps improve student learning,” Ali said.

“In celebration of elders, the Term 2 workshop (Culture and Identity) discusses the NAIDOC theme and meaning, talking of hardships elders had to face to get to where we are now.

“This program is so important in reigniting students' pride for culture and fostering leadership skills.”

Legends help students kick goals
Brisbane Broncos' NRLW captain Ali Brigginshaw with Tullawong State high School students

Christine Halliwell, General Manager of Community & Government Programs at Broncos, said ambassadors like Ali and Scott were inspiring.

“The program aims to give Tullawong State High School students the best possible start in life,” Ms Halliwell said.

“As their confidence in the classroom grows, the students are more engaged and able to apply themselves to reach their full potential.

'Embedding pride'

“An important part of the program is embedding pride in their culture and themselves so with positive role models from the Broncos, we know students will be inspired to engage in the learning process.”

Beyond the Broncos workshops has supported more than 4000 students since it was established in 2016, recognising the vital role young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men play in influencing the next generation.

A record 281 students graduated from the program last year, taking the number of graduates to more than 1000.

For more visit broncos.com.au/community, email [email protected] or go to facebook.com/BeyondtheBroncosProgram

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