Over the next four years, the Px2 program will provide the students with practical, down-to-earth tools to increase their self-confidence and help them achieve their full potential.
Darren Munday, Murdoch’s Director of Student Life and Learning, said: “The program offers students the chance to spend some time on our campuses, as well as activities in their own classrooms. Sessions will be led by Murdoch and high school staff.
“It aims to raise their aspirations and give them the self-confidence to achieve their full potential. This is done through the use of tools relating to factors such as goal-setting, accountability, communications, self-esteem and motivation.
“Part of it is about how we tend to listen to the one negative thing said about us, instead of the nine positive things said. Turning this around, students can clear some of the imaginary roadblocks that they may have placed in front of achieving the success they deserve.”
From 21 to 25 March Year 8 students from Comet Bay College, Gilmore College, Rockingham Senior High School, Safety Bay Senior High School and Warnbro Community High School will be travelling to Murdoch to complete the opening event of the program. Year 10 students will follow in Term 2.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels will welcome 270 students from Comet Bay College to the program on Wednesday 23 March. Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams will meet and greet more than 160 senior high school students from Gilmore College on Thursday 24 March.
The Px2 program is backed by the City of Rockingham, Town of Kwinana and the not-for-profit organisation Bridging The Gap. It is part of a long-term strategy supported by the Federal Government to increase the proportion of students going to university from under-represented regions.
Professor Gary Martin, Murdoch’s Acting Vice Chancellor, said: “Murdoch University is investing $5 million in a range of projects which will help students who might not have traditionally considered tertiary education get to university and succeed when they are there. Px2 is part of that.
“We are delighted to be able to work with the local schools and communities on such an exciting program.”