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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
62 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 6.5 EDUCATION Where possible Whitehaven's nancial contributions to the local communities are directed to areas where the can bene t a broad cross-section of the community and make a lasting di erence. Educational initiatives meet this objective. Australian Museum's Science Unleashed Festival -- Narrabri In November 2012 Whitehaven was a key sponsor of the Australian Museum's Science Unleashed Festival which holds hands-on science activities, talks, shows and workshops for school students at the Museum, in Sydney suburbs and in NSW regional locations. The two-day event consisted of one day for primary school students and one day for secondary school students. Students also had a unique opportunity to talk to scientists and learn all about the huge variety of careers in science, engineering, technology and innovation at the event. Tamworth Science and Engineering Challenge The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide outreach program led by the University of Newcastle in conjunction with various partners and sponsors. The Challenge is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level. Each day the students participate in a range of exciting hands-on activities that are designed to demonstrate the varied and practical elements of a career in the disciplines of science and engineering. The Challenge is a practical day of fun, teamwork and discovery. Whitehaven was a major sponsor of the Tamworth event in March 2013, with Whitehaven sta also participating in the day. Dorothea McKellar Poetry Award The Dorothea McKellar Poetry Award is the oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia. It is a unique national project, giving Australia's youth a voice and an opportunity to strive for excellence in literature. The Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society is based in Gunnedah, north-west NSW and Whitehaven is a proud sponsor of the annual event. The Mackellar family owned several properties including 'Kurrumbede' which is now owned by Whitehaven. Boggabri Sacred Heart School Transition Program Whitehaven Coal has made a contribution to the development of a new initiative at Boggabri's Sacred Heart School. The program is designed to assist pre- school children make the transition from pre-school or home into kindergarten. Research indicates this enhances the child's learning capacity enabling children to adapt quickly to the new environment of school. Gunnedah Community Scholarship Whitehaven is proud to continue its involvement in the Gunnedah Community Scholarship program. This initiative gives local children who have completed their Higher School Certi cate and are considering or have commenced tertiary education the opportunity to obtain nancial assistance to allow them to pursue their tertiary studies. There have been a number of successful applicants that have returned to the district to further their careers following the receipt of their quali cations. Narrabri Education Foundation The Narrabri Education Fund is a regional fund established to assist selected students in the pursuit of specialised quali cations such as medicine with the aim of attracting these professionals back to the region to help alleviate the gap in these types of professions in rural NSW. Indigenous writers and artists youth workshops During FY2013 Whitehaven Coal undertook to sponsor an important initiative to bring the Young Australian Art & Writers Awards program and its Young Indigenous Art & Literacy counterpart to the schools of the towns and communities in north-west NSW -- from Quirindi and Werris Creek up to Gunnedah, Boggabri and Narrabri. A total of 15 schools will participate and receive visits by some of Australia's leading artists and authors who set up workshops and provide students with expert direction in creative art and written expression. In particular Indigenous students are encouraged to utilise their "Dreamtime" as an art concept, and then to write a short story to explain the meaning of their completed artwork. This program is in nearly 300 outback and remote schools with the (very successful) objective of lifting school attendance levels, obtaining better outcomes, and helping to address the high attrition rates. The Authors who attend are highly skilled in communicating their skills to disadvantaged and Indigenous children and young adults. Boxes of their books and other popular and appropriate titles will be delivered to these schools, along with supplies of art and writing materials all monogrammed with the Whitehaven name and logo, as part of this sponsorship. 6 Communities
Annual Report 2012