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2013 ARTIE Launch

The ARTIE program is named in honour of proud Indigenous State of Origin Legend Arthur Beetson. The Former Origin Greats ‘ARTIE’ (Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education) program is an Australian Government supported program, funded under the Sporting Chance initiative. It provides Indigenous students attending selected Queensland secondary schools the opportunity to participate in a program that encourages and rewards improvements in school attendance, behaviour, academic achievement and effort (particularly in Literacy in Numeracy).
Moreover, the ARTIE Program 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 base of a myriad of strategies that aim to improve the schooling endeavours of participating students.
The FOGS (Former Origin Greats) organisation plays a key role in the delivery of this program through the strength of the brand, accessing community leaders and professional bodies, as well as providing links to high-profile past and present sportspeople. This is a key factor in reversing the cycle of disadvantage and ensuring that students involved in the program are provided with every opportunity to succeed in achieving their goals through education.
The objectives of the ARTIE program are heavily aligned with the Australian Governments ‘Closing the Gap’ strategy. More specifically, ARTIE is focused on two of the six Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) targets, namely;
·      Halving the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade;
·      Halving the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates by 2020.
In Term 1 this year, ARTIE set a challenge for all of our Indigenous students at Caboolture SHS: 
CHALLENGE: Achieve a minimum of a “C” in their effort & behaviour marks in Maths & English
REWARD: An invite to a VIP STATE OF ORIGIN PARTY at Suncorp Stadium on 5 June 2013
Good luck to everyone.                                     
Mr Davies & Mrs Carter