Edition 18: August 2017

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Trainees hit the ground running

In April this year, the Opportunity Hub took the decision to split an Opportunity Hub worker role into two traineeship positions, and Samantha Duncan and Jacob Stanton were appointed as our two new trainees. And aren't they making us proud! Sam and Jacob have both hit the ground running and are making amazing gains in their roles, to the benefit of all of our Tamworth schools.

This edition celebrates just some of what they have been up to in their first three months on the job!

In this edition:

  • Girls Academy Showcase
  • Culture Thriving in Schools
  • Yarn Up with Samantha Duncan
  • Ross Kelly Cup win for local Clontarf boys
  • Explosive Tour of Lone Pine Barracks
  • Yarn Up with Jacob Stanton

Girls Academy Showcase

Opportunity Hub worker Sam Duncan, attended and participated alongside local Girls Academy members as part of the inaugural NSW Girls Academy Showcase held at Lake Burrendong, near Wellington.  

Over three days from 31 July to 2 August the Showcase incorporated a three-day leadership camp, with an intensive itinerary including cultural activities, confidence building, health and fitness and pathways to higher education.

The Girls Academy Showcase forms part of the Academy’s structured reward system that rewards girls for achieving set targets and goals including:

  • 80 percent attendance rate
  • Outstanding behaviour at school and within the community
  • Academic achievement and improvement
  • Commitment to training
Congratulations to all of the Tamworth girls involved.
Sam, (back row, second from right) with the Oxley Girls league tag team
Culture thriving in schools

In the lead-up to NAIDOC celebrations, Opportunity Hub trainee Jacob worked with St Edward’s primary school teaching a contemporary dance which incorporated aspects of traditional Aboriginal dance, which the students went on to perform at their NAIDOC assembly. Jacob says - “I had a class for 30 minutes and during that time the students were taught the importance of dance to Aboriginal people and got to learn how to dance like some Australian animals. At the end of the activity we would form a circle and discuss what we liked about the lesson and I would share some cultural knowledge with the students."

This was a great opportunity for the students at St Edwards as it helped them gain a better understanding on why Aboriginal people dance and why dance is so important to Aboriginal people.

Opportunity Hub staff, Patrick Strong and Jacob Stanton, with St Edwards students

Yarn Up


Sam started her traineeship with the Opportunity Hub at the end of April and says that she has been amazed at the training support that she has received already in her 3 months on board. "We've done a Certificate I in Gamilaraay, Managing the Bull and RAGE training, Dealing with Men’s Emotions, and Marketing Communications Training," Sam said. "I'm really excited to share what I have learned with other schools and to fully utilise what I've learned out in the community."
Samantha will complete a Diploma in Community Services whilst undertaking her traineeship.

Ross Kelly Cup win for local Clontarf boys
Opportunity Hub trainee, Jacob Stanton, travelled to Sydney with 24 Clontarf Boys from Oxley and Quirindi High for the Ross Kelly Cup and Junior Major Camp in August - Clontarf's major trip of the year.  The event was a great opportunity for Jacob to develop his relationship with the members of the two Academies and celebrate their successes together.

The Ross Kelly Cup saw 350 Clontarf students from around the state play in a 25 team NRL carnival.  The Oxley and Quirindi Boys formed a team for the event, and despite it being their first
time playing together, went through all 5 rounds and through to win the Ross Kelly Cup.

The best players from across all teams were then put into another new team to play a friendly against the top Sydney schools and also came out on top.

The excursion also included a trip to Parliament House where Clontarf boys met with local MP Kevin Anderson and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in the Premier's office, as well as a tour of Fox Studios and some well deserved recreational time in Newcastle.
The combined Oxley and Quirindi High Clontarf team
The Clontarf boys with St George star Mark Gasnier at Fox Studios
Explosive tour of Lone Pine Barracks


The explosives range at Lone Pine Barracks, Singleton, was the destination for four Tamworth students and Opportunity Hub trainees Jacob and Samantha on the 16 and 17 of June.

As part of a guided tour, the students had a chance to learn how to load a gun and a rocket launcher, and had a turn at holding a gun to get a feel of how heavy it was and what it was like to aim. A highlight of the trip was being given the opportunity to to watch some high explosives go off from the safety of a bunker. 

The students were also treated to a guided tour of the Infantry Museum which included an overview of our Australian soldiers and the battles they took part in.  Student feedback was extremely positive with students reporting that the trip was thought-provoking and got them considering their futures and the different careers available within the Army.

Yarn Up


As well as being a new addition to the Opportunity Hub team, Jacob has recently hit local headlines as the new Australian Amateur and Golden Gloves title holder, just three years after taking up boxing full time.

His message to the students he works with is to always nurture their belief that they can do anything they set their minds to, if they are willing to consistently work for it. 

"I want to be a role model for people in our community, and use my story to show them that we can achieve things – they can get their HSC, or a good job, or an Australian championship, or anything, if they want to work for it,” Jacob said.

Thank you very much for allowing Jacob to attend our Project Share today, he did an amazing job representing not only himself but Opp Hub and Tamworth LALC as well.  Many of the students were excited to have him attend and offer fantastic feedback, advice, and support.  Please pass on my thanks to him, we really do appreciate his efforts. 

Ashleigh Walton, Youth Frontiers

Hey Jacob, Thanks for supporting our school… Below is a list of students that join in with your activities on Mondays and Thursdays. Students range from Stage 2 and 3. You have done a great job with these children. See you Thursday!

Sophia Brown, West Tamworth Public School

The Tamworth Opportunity Hub coordinates and matches training and career opportunities with Aboriginal students, providing incentives to finish school and transition into sustainable jobs. 

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