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​In 2016, North Rockhampton State High School has partnered with The Former Origin Greats (FOGS) and  ARTIE ( Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education) Academy that is funded by the Australian Government to assist with ‘Closing the Gap” between Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander students and their non-Indigenous peers.

The ARTIE program, provides an opportunity for Indigenous students to receive rewards for improvements in their school attendance, behaviour, academic achievement and Year 12 attainment.

On 9 February, ARTIE was launched at North Rocky High. The students participated in a variety of activities that linked to their culture including traditional dance. The students thoroughly enjoyed the ‘dance off’. 

Wendell Sailor, former Australian professional football player was a guest speaker at the launch. Wendell spoke to the students about the many challenges that he faced during his teen years at school and also about the challenges that he has faced during his professional sporting career.  The students were very excited to have a celebrity at the school.

In order for Indigenous students to achieve their rewards, they must have 90% attendance for the term. The first reward, which will be issued at the end of Term 1 is an ARTIE hoodie. At the end of Term 2, if students achieve 90% attendance they will also receive an ARTIE backpack.

The above rewards are great incentives for our Indigenous students to attend school every day.


Current Indigenous Attendance Rate = 87.4%

Kylie Butler

Deputy Principal