Mother-of-seven wins Murdoch student award

May 12, 2016

Bridget Headley with Braden Hill, manager of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre

Bridget Headley with Braden Hill, manager of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre

Murdoch University student and mother-of-seven, Bridget Headley, has been honoured at a recent University awards night.

Bridget, 28, won the K-Track Commitment Prize for achieving outstanding grades in Murdoch’s enabling program for Indigenous students.

Now excelling in her Bachelor of Education studies, she manages to juggle her parenting commitments with university work thanks to her children being “good kids”.

“They go to bed early for me. And when they sleep, that is when I do my studying,” said Bridget, who commutes to Murdoch from Ellenbrook.

“I also have a timetable which fits with family life and I can catch up on any lectures that I miss by viewing them online.”

Bridget’s passion for teaching started at an early age and she said she’s always enjoyed helping others to learn.

“When I was a child, I used to make up work sheets for my siblings and cousins to help them learn something new,” she said.

“Now I especially want to help Indigenous children and be a good role model for my family and community.”

Bridget graduated from year 12 but was too busy “living in the moment” to commit to higher education and was also a new mum to her eldest child who is now aged 10. She also has a nine year old, an eight, six, four, a three-year old and her youngest is one.

“When I first started K-Track I was quite nervous because I’d been out of education for so long. But my tutors and family were very supportive. They all have such belief in me and I have been enjoying studying,” she said.

“K-Track has helped me with academic learning. I am often asked by other students who have come to university from Year 12, about the correct way to reference.”

Bridget didn’t just win the K-Track award for her academic success, but also for her support and mentoring of other students now on the K-Track program, which is run from the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre on the Murdoch campus.

Braden Hill, manager of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, said Bridget had amazed his team.

“Her ability to juggle family life and her study commitments is outstanding,” he said. “Not only is she managing that balancing act, she is excelling in her studies.

“At the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre we are all immensely proud of her achievements and look forward to seeing her thrive at university.”

Background

  • This year, Murdoch University awarded 272 student prizes to 260 students at a series of award ceremonies run on campus.
  • The prize program rewards the effort and achievements of students within all disciplines and at any year level.
  • Prize donors are asked to commit to a prize for at least five years and prize amounts vary from $250 to $2,000 a year.
  • This year’s prizes represent $88,650 dollars in cash value, plus thousands more in organisational memberships, professional development vouchers, books and subscriptions to industry journals.
  • Of the total prize pool, $17,950 comes from Murdoch schools who fund prizes for their highest achievers. The rest comes from alumni, staff, industry organisations and companies who wish to reward high achievement by students.
  • Organisations or individuals interested in becoming prize donors should call the Development Office on +61 8 9360 7252 for further information.

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Media contact: Jo Manning
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Comments (One response)

Kazi Haque May 13, 2016

So inspiring and pleasant thing to know. My hats off to Bridget. She is most likely on her way to becoming a phenomenal teacher; an icon to her community, Australia at large, even the world. Above all, girl/woman power; no man could ever study successfully looking after 7 kids for sure!

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