Duke and Duchess of Sussex praise Dubbo College academies’ roles in boosting Aboriginal outcomes.
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has encouraged members of the Dubbo College Girls Academy to follow their dreams.
During a visit to Dubbo College Senior Campus with her husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, Meghan spent time talking with the girls in their academy room.
She spoke personally with each of the girls asking them about their aspirations and plans for the future.
Meghan commended several of the girls who aspire to be social workers praising the profession.
She said her mother had derived immense satisfaction from a career helping people as a social worker.
With other girls in the academy room hoping to pursue the law and teaching, Meghan urged them to keep at it and live their dreams, observing that if they put their mind to it they could achieve it.
Meghan said the Girls Academy, which runs parallel to the Clontarf Academy for boys, was an amazing program and ‘clearly had great mentors’.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry chatted to the Clontarf boys focussing on the program’s emphasis on wellbeing.
He asked them if they felt comfortable sharing their feelings with others, and all expressed that they felt safe to do so.
Both the Clontarf and Girls Academies at Dubbo play positive roles at Dubbo College, complementing the school’s sound track-record in closing the gap in educational outcomes.
Last year, that tradition continued with the Senior Campus acknowledged for an Australian record of 60 students successfully achieving their Higher School Certificate.
The academies strive to increase school attendance, advance academic and personal achievement, improve Year 12 graduation rates, and facilitate post-school education and employment.
Sport is used as a motivator in the academies and the Duke and Duchess watched as students braved the rain to run through some netball and rugby league drills.