GO TYRAH: Dalby student graduates from Broncos program
DALBY State High School student Tyrah Thompson has been commended for her work with a Brisbane Broncos initiative to boost attendance and graduation rates in Indigenous students.
The Beyond the Broncos mentoring program aims to improve school attendances rates, and Year 12 attainment rates for Indigenous students across Queensland.
The initiative had 1885 students this year across 51 schools, with Chinchilla, Miles, and Dalby state high schools participating.
Year 12 student Tyrah Thompson was one of those graduating this year, with DSHS student support worker Sarah Dodd saying she'll be missed dearly.
"Tyrah is a student coming into young adulthood, and has become a very good role model for our younger students, with a lot of them looking up to her," she said.
"They were devastated when she graduated, but she is moving onto bigger things."
Ms Dodd works with 62 indigenous students at DSHS, and provides in class support, promotes positive behaviours, assists in increasing student attendance above 90 per cent.
"The Indigenous graduation rate is lower compared to non-indigenous students, so our aim is to get these girls wanting to graduate and pursue full time work, university or TAFE, so they're contributing towards their community, and able to better themselves," she said.
"Working with Tyrah, we were able to meet for one on sessions, and we brought her attendance up, and she was keen to graduate."
Ms Dodd saying the students have become a cohesive group throughout the school year as they're constantly working and hanging out in study groups.
"The program works really well because it's supported by the teachers and the school, and it has run successfully for the last four years," she said.
"Once a term we have some Broncos players come in for workshops too, such as Scotty Prince, Justin Hodges, and Ali Brigginshaw.
"They're able to build relationships with these players, and it gives them something to work towards as well."
Now that Tyrah has graduated, Ms Dodd said she's now looking for full time administration work in 2021.