Butler: Irene McCormack Catholic College student heading to Aboriginal summer school in QLD

 Josie Kallane, Tarzara Kelly and Amy Donaldson.
Josie Kallane, Tarzara Kelly and Amy Donaldson.

A BUTLER school student will travel to Queensland this month to attend an Aboriginal summer school program.

Irene McCormack Catholic College Year 10 student Tarzara Kelly will attend a 10-day Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) in Townsville during the school holidays.

The summer school is part of a broader indigenous STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) education project funded by BHP Billiton and delivered by the CSIRO.

Tarzara Kelly.

It will give Tarzara the opportunity to work with STEM professionals and to participate in science-based workshops that reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, with a focus on fire ecology and marine science.

Tarzara will be also be challenged to broaden her natural leadership skills, which she uses regularly when delivering the acknowledgement of country at college assemblies.

Aboriginal liaison officer Donella Brown said the school looked forward to Tarzara sharing her experiences when school resumed in 2019.