Indigenous Programs

Follow The Dream

The Albany Follow the Dream program is proudly hosted by Albany Senior High School and supports almost 70 students from Albany Senior High School, North Albany Senior High School, Mount Barker Community College, and Denmark Senior High School.

The program supports Indigenous secondary students to reach their potential and work towards tertiary studies, further training, or meaningful employment.

Students selected to join the program are already showing strong signs of success within their schooling. Potential candidates must exhibit high levels of school attendance, behaviour, and academic achievement.

The program aims to steadily increase the number of Indigenous students completing Year 12 and going on to further study. Higher levels of education open doors to satisfying employment opportunities, with the prospect of eventually undertaking meaningful work at a highly skilled level. The Follow the Dream Program helps Indigenous students to set their sights on such opportunities and take the necessary steps to achieve their goals.

Like a ripple spreading through water, every Indigenous child realising his or her Dream becomes the inspiration of another.

The program provides students with:

  • A safe and supportive environment to study after school, equipped with computers and educational resources.
  • Access to tuition to assist with homework, study habits, and goal setting.
  • An individualised documented learning plan.
  • Career guidance and mentoring
  • Educational and cultural excursions and camps to develop knowledge, confidence, and skills.

Invitations to the program depend on consistent attendance, behaviour and grades. Follow the Dream is held in the Frances Wright (MBCC) Library on Tuesdays from 3:15pm to 4:45pm.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Taylor – Mount Barker Community College – 08 9851 3400
Stuart Myers – Albany Senior High School – 08 9841 0938 or 0432 156 013

Homework Classes

Homework classes are held every Wednesday during the school term from 2:30pm to 3:30pm in the Frances Wright (MBCC) Library.

For more information, please contact Yvette Ugle or Jamarra Williss on 9851 3400 (front office) or 9851 3417 (AIEO office).

AIEO (Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers)

At MBCC we have two AIEOs who assist teachers in delivering planned education programs and encouraging a supportive and inclusive learning environment with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  They provide mentoring and pastoral care to our students, whilst also assisting in the development and delivery of school policies, programs and events such as Follow the Dream and NAIDOC Week.

Jamarra (Jum) Williss (Tuesday and Wednesday)

My name is Jamarra, I come from Rubibi (Broome) and I am of the Yawuru people.

My husband was born here and so were my children, I have called Mount Barker home for decades now. The students call me Mrs Williss, or Aunty, and I am happy to go by Jum. I work as an AIEO two days per week, and for two other days I work in the library – so the students are used to seeing me all over the place.

I am happy to be contacted by parents or family, you can call direct to the office on 9851 3417, or email me on Jamarra.Williss@education.wa.edu.au. Don’t be afraid to drop a line.

Yvette Ugle (Tuesday to Friday)

Hi my name is Yvette, I’m a Noongar Yorga from the Great Southern. I was born and raised in Mount Barker attended primary and high school here. Growing up in Mount Barker has had a huge impact on my life; knowing where my Mum’s family comes from, learning and hearing stories about the community, getting to know the locals, playing sports with amazing people, working with all kinds of people and making awesome friends.

I have 3 children who also attend the college and grew up in Mount Barker.

Over the years I started working at the Mount Barker Community College as an AIEO and have really enjoyed working at this school with all different teachers, people, students and parents. One of our jobs at this school is to help support the Indigenous students and help them grow in so many ways.

I’m based at the school 4 days a week so please feel free to contact me about anything. I can be contacted on 9851 3400 or by email at Yvette.Ugle@education.wa.edu.au

Jum Williss and Yvette Ugle