September 17, 2020
The Deadly Ways crew from the University Of Southern Queensland usually host camps for Indigenous high school students to allow them to enjoy a taste of university life.
But like a lot of things this year, the camps had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadly Ways have been trying to keep in touch with local students in different ways … and this included a barbecue in Kingaroy’s Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Families had the chance to enjoy the meal, chat and relax while their children ran about and kicked a football or two.
Senior Indigenous Outreach and Engagement Officer Yvonne O’Neill told southburnett.com.au the barbecue was the culmination of a visit to the area by Deadly Ways, which also included a trip to Kingaroy State High School and the Girls Academy at Murgon State High School.
They planned to return to the South Burnett in a few weeks to run more activities at Nanango State High School and Kingaroy State High School.
Deadly Ways is a targeted program for Indigenous high school students in Years 7-12.
Yvonne said it helped to build pathways to university for the high school students as well as link into culture.
She said the program had developed a special link to Kingaroy through the efforts of KSHS community education counsellor Toni Phillips-Petersen.