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Inspire, Encourage, Achieve Artie

The ‘ARTIE’ (Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education) program, named in honour of proud Indigenous State of Origin Legend Arthur Beetson, is available to Indigenous students attending selected Queensland secondary schools. The program sees Former Origin Greats Scheme (FOGS) visiting participating regions and promotes the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity and awareness amongst its participants. The ARTIE program has adopted the motto of “Inspire, Encourage, Succeed” which forms the bases of a myriad of strategies that aim to improve the schooling endeavours of participating students.  It provides Indigenous students the opportunity to participate in a program that encourages and rewards improvements in school attendance, behaviour, academic achievement and effort.
Recently Steve Walters from the FOGS together with veteran 14 season NRL Broncos and Qld player Petro Civoniceva ran a night event with the ARTIE support team and participating students. The focus for the evening was setting up teams of students with coaches (teachers) and planning goals for achievement for each student based around ten identified areas for our indigenous students. The turnout of Toolooa students and parents was fabulous and our students performed impeccably making us very proud. We’ve already had a number of former students register as tutors under the program showing that it not only promotes achievement while at school but beyond as well. Another exciting initiative for our students!​