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Rugby League paid tribute to the inaugural Learn Earn Legend! School to Work Western Sydney Year 12 Graduates at a function at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

NRL Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, Indigenous All Stars Coach Laurie Daley and NRL-RLPA Academic Team of the Year member Luke Burt joined the students and their families in the celebrations to talk about the importance of pursing higher education and career pathways.

Fourteen students from the Bulldogs catchment were involved in the ceremony. The students from local schools were honoured in recognition of the hard work and dedication they have shown throughout the year, working closely with Bulldogs Indigenous officer Dean Feeney.

The Learn Earn Legend School to Work program was developed to create successful career pathways for Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12 in participating schools across Western Sydney and is a combined initiative of the NRL, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and western Sydney-based Rugby League clubs including the Bulldogs, Eels, Panthers and Tigers.

Rugby League is strongly committed to improving the lives of young Indigenous Australians and this mornings graduation function is the perfect example of all areas of the game working together to achieve results, Mattiske said.

This morning we shared breakfast with program graduates, NRL and Club representatives from the Bulldogs, Panthers, Wests Tigers, Eels, Toyota Cup team members, corporate partners and government representatives.

As a game we understand and embrace our role in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and we are pleased with our progress to date.

In 2011, 427 students (68% of a total 626) successfully transitioned into further education, training or employment through the School to Work programs taking place in our NRL clubs in Queensland, Newcastle and now Western Sydney.

We currently have an additional 970 student engaged in the program, which is an outstanding result, Mattiske said.

The Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Julie Collins congratulated the graduates on their fantastic achievement.

Programs like the National Rugby Leagues School to Work Program are an important part of the Learn Earn legend initiatives.

The initiatives encourage and support young Indigenous Australians to stay at school, get a job and be a legend for themselves, their family and their community.

Our $1.2 million commitment to the School to Work Program over three years is part of the Australian Governments $650 million Indigenous Employment Program, said Ms Collins.

The Bulldogs would like to extend their congratulations to the following 2012 Learn Earn Legend! School to Work Western Sydney Graduates:


Dale MulliganBass Hill High School

Ryan FermorBass Hill High School

Jake CollageBass Hill High School

Michael StevensBass Hill High School

Marika RaikalevuEast Hills High School

Shane PollEast Hills High School

Sarah-Maree AllenGranville South Technical college

Keith ColliganGranville South Technical College

Mariah ReynoldsEast Hills Girls Technology High School

Therese HoldenEast Hills Girls Technology High School

Taminya BrownChester Hills High School

Jason Heath East Hills Boys High School

Jenny RhodesEast Hill Boys High School

Michael StevensBass Hill Boys High School


Chailee McDonoghWestfields Sports High

Matthew DoranBonnyrigg High School

Natalie AgiusWyndham College

Jordyn CollessThe Hills Sports High School

Danica WhitehouseWestfield Sports High School

Ben WhitehouseWestfield Sports High School

Matt WhitehouseWestfield Sports High School

Apolosa NimacereWyndham College

Harry PittBonnyrigg High School

Tim Dargan Wyndam College

Jordan WatsonWyndham College

Ricky FirthWyndham College

Wests Tigers

Caitlin ReganSarah Redfern High School

Leanka ShillingsworthSarah Redfern High School

Lisa HarrisLeumeah High School

Luke HumphriesLeumeah High School

Chloe MattersonSt Patricks High School

Carley-Jade ChesterfieldAirds High School

Nikki McCallSt Patricks High School

Bailey- Maree BeaumontSt Patricks High School

Tamara SummersAshcroft High School

Jestyn Nand Ashcroft High School

Shannon RyanEagle Vale High School

Abbi WhilockPicton High school

Codey EdwardsAshcroft High School


Jake LewisBidwell Chiefly College

Dylan CallaghanChifley College

John Haines Chifley College

Luke HemmingsChifley College

Corey Lowe Chifley College

Ryan McCormackChifley College

Jessica MillgateChifley College

Osea SewebeChifley College

Dean BrownlieDoonside High School

Jordan JohnsonDoonside High School

Kayla Jones Doonside High School

Taylor Reynolds-AddoDoonside High School

Cassandra JohnsJamison High School

Dorothy JohnsJamison High School

Mitchell ShearerJamison High School

Brooke CamillariLoyola High School

Natashia CarrollLoyola High School

Eli DelaneyLoyola High School

Jacqueline FogartyLoyola High School

Heather LamyLoyola High School

Cassie Ryan Loyola High School

Kate WrightPlumpton High School

Matthew KennedySt Dominics College

Carlos RojasSt Dominics College

Tyler Spicer St Dominics College

Jye Taylor-LaneSt Dominics College

Throughout the holiday period students involved in the program, including recent year 12 graduates will be taking part in activities at the Western Sydney Clubs; learning new skills and interacting with NRL players over a barbeque.
Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.