USQ Indigenous Open Day for Year 7 and 8 Students

Ms Penny Frederiksen – Teacher Aide

Seven of our Year 7 and 8 Indigenous students experienced their first taste of university life at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Indigenous Connections event held in Toowoomba on 15 October.

The event gives indigenous students the opportunity to interact with USQ students and staff and to participate in a range of activities from astronomy and mindfulness through to sport and exercise, theatre, traditional dance and film and television.

For Felicity Hodges the day was about making friends, goal setting and realising there are no limits to what students can achieve… and that being a university student is not so scary!

“I would like to go to university when I finish school and the day at USQ gave me the opportunity to experience what it will be like,” said Felicity.

Jake Timmins enjoyed learning about his heritage and listening to important cultural stories shared by an elder from his area.

SCOTS PGC past student Nikki Hoey, who is currently studying nursing at USQ, also kindly escorted the group to the Alison Dickson Theatre where they met with Yvonne O’Neil – a recent guest speaker for the NAIDOC week assembly and USQ’s Senior Indigenous Outreach and Engagement Officer.