Student Programme

The Student Programme is the primary focus of the GFG Foundation in Australia.

The programme helps and supports young people in the communities in which we have a substantial presence. We look to give students an opportunity to learn outside the school constraints of timetable and curriculum by helping them understand the world of technology, engineering, maths and science and how it relates to life, business and industry in their own community.

In doing this, we also help our students with self-esteem, so they can become more confident as they near adulthood, are able to better interact with adults, communicate their ideas in a public forum and have a better sense of how they can contribute to the world and their community after they leave school.

Year 9 and 10 Programme

The programme runs for 20 weeks, over 2 school terms. Students meet once a week at a venue (such as a community space or local university campus) for 90 minute sessions.

The programme works with 3 schools in the local area.

Each programme consists of around 30 students.

supported by mentors

They are supported by 6 mentors. They work in small groups of 5, with the same allocated mentor every week.

stem based inquiry

They work on 6 STEM based inquiry project of their own choosing, based on local community needs.

guest speakers

They also have guest speakers from time to time, with specialist STEM experience.

The students go on 2 excursions to experience local industry first-hand.

showcase

The two terms culminates in a ‘Showcase and celebration’ event, where the students present their inquiry project to their fellow students and family members and carers.

Year 7 & 8 Programme (this runs in Whyalla only in 2022)

The programme runs for 10 weeks, over one school term. Students meet once a week at a venue (such as a community space or local university campus) for 90 minute sessions.

Each programme consists of around 30 students.

They are supported by 6 mentors. They work in small groups of 5, with the same allocated mentor every week.

stem based

The content is experiential STEM based and designed to feed into the Year 9 and 10 Programme for students to do the following year.

Excursion

The students go on 1 excursion to experience local industry first-hand.