Kids to Coast 2016

The year started off with an educational tour for the top 10 Indigenous students from Yirrkala School, East Arnhem Land to Sydney.

Kids to Coast Yirrkala will focus on incentivising school attendance and teacher training. The selection process was based on their academic performance: school grades, behaviour and attendance.

This program was created in parallel with the creation of our sister program Culture College in the same region. Both organisations lead with the same mission of improving school attendance and student participation, leading to a change of attitude towards education and development of a stronger generation of community champions.

KTC 2016 Achievements

First big trip

For most students, it was their first trip to a big city.

First time catching big waves

These students live in the Yirrkala Community, East Arnhem Land, NT. Although they are used to the ocean, they rarely experience big waves such as Bondi Beach. More importantly, the waters they know are filled with crocodiles and are dangerous for swimming.

Training with Sydney Swans

Students got to meet the legendary Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin and the Sydney Swans team on their home training ground, and spent half a day learning about team efforts, persistence and football skills.

Broadcasting with NITV

Thanks to the NITV, the students spent half a day at the HQ studios, interacting with the news reporters, learning about the Indigenous television station, operating a camera and how the news are being prepared/delivered.

Meeting with student peers at Ascham School and Scots College

This was the first year to introduce the Culture College students during the KTC tour. One of our goals is to create long term ‘buddies’ through our program. By visiting their peers in person and seeing the schools, KTC students get to receive a whole new perspective of education and make new friendships.

Teacher Training

Kids to Coast Yirrkala will provide funding for an ongoing program of tailored professional development opportunities for the Indigenous “Team Teachers” of Yirrkala School. As members of the community, they play a critical role in engagement of the students towards our program and education overall.

We are very proud of this year’s results thus far. The attendance rates for Yirrkala School showed a cca 20% increase from 2015 towards the end of the term. Improving student attendance is one of the key outcomes we wish to achieve. The teachers and the school are very engaged with promoting the values of our program to the students throughout the year. We believe this will be the foundation to accomplish more results in the future. Ana Hooker

Founder & Co-Chair, Hooker Family Foundation

Going to Sydney was fun, it made me happy and proud. Baltjawuma Maymuru

Yirrkala School, Year 7 Student

It rewards and encourages good school attendance and behavior.
It takes students out of the community and they get to see new places and things in a big city.
It provides new experiences that they could not have at home.
It shows them possibilities for the future.

Vanessa Marika

Yirrkala School Teacher

The Nippers were fantastic, so well trained and professional. I was so impressed with them.
They really did a good job of pairing up and looking after their Yirrkala partners out in the water.

Robyn Beecham

Yirrkala School Teacher

Partnerships for Impact

Thanks to all our partners, operators and volunteers who made Kids to Coast 2016 a great success, including: Rio Tinto Alcan, Yirrkala School, Culture College, Sydney Swans, NITV, Merlin’s Magic Wand, Bondi SNBLSC, LJ Hooker Bondi Junction, Visions in Style, Ascham School, Scots College, Commonwealth Bank of Australia.