On Wednesday, 18 September, sixteen Year 10 and Year 11 students from Buladelah Central School and Gorikan High School visited the University’s Callaghan campus to participate in a Rugby League Development Program.
Driven by Dr Michael Seamer from the Newcastle Business School, the program used rugby league to introduce male students to university culture and address preconceptions regarding access to tertiary education.
The program consisted of rugby league clinics delivered by former Newcastle Knight and Newcastle Business School graduate, Tony Butterfield, a weights session facilitated by Matt Toohey from The Forum and personal development workshops focused on goal setting and post school options. Additionally, students had a campus tour to check out the University facilities.
The objective of the program was to help those students who may not have considered a tertiary pathway to see university as a possibility. Feedback from students, teachers and parents who attended the day-long program was overwhelmingly positive.