Wadja Wadja High School is an independent non-denominational, co-educational Aboriginal Community School at Woorabinda,170km south-west of Rockhampton. For almost a year, Curragh has been working with the school on a vocational education and training (VET) program for their students. To date, Curragh has donated 288 personnel hours to the initiative.
The program has several objectives, including informing students about the career paths available for those with a trade qualification, motivating them to attend school, and working on projects to improve the school.
Curragh volunteers, ranging from trade apprentices to those with years of practical experience, visit the school once a month to complete different projects with the students. Each project spotlights a different trade and skill set, and offers students an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and give jobs like painting, welding, and grinding a go.
So far, students have worked on upgrading the run down workshop facilities, including building new gates to replace a broken roller door, and a fresh coat of paint. A bike has been modified, a basketball stand has been constructed, and a recent project to make some barbeques was a great success with the students.