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12 Buckets, located in Perth Western Australia, is an early intervention strengths-based mentoring organisation established as a charity for local children who need extra support in life and learning.

The predominantly volunteer run organisation is committed to innovation and generosity, helping children discover their capacity to give - regardless of background or circumstance.

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University Aspiration Program: Inspiring Possibilities for the Future

Melinda Tognini

How many eleven year olds do you know who have been to university?

At 12 Buckets, we know 36 of them.

Thanks to the generosity of staff at Curtin University, and the University Aspiration Program, students from each of our three schools were able to experience a day on campus on Tuesday 31 May 2016.

The partnership between 12 Buckets and Curtin began in 2015, when students from Balga and North Balga Primary Schools attended an excursion to Curtin University. This was followed by an incursion, made possible by Curtin, that saw rhythm experts, Kaboom Percussion, conduct a special master class as a way of inspiring students to consider enjoying a career based in music.

This year the Aspiration program has expanded to include Koondoola Primary School, and will involved a combined school event each term.

CEO of 12 Buckets, Travis Fitch, had the privilege of attending the most recent Aspiration visit and was struck by the image of all these young minds having misconceptions around tertiary education corrected.

"Curtin has mapped out a creative pathway for these children to have fun learning as well as have their eyes opened to how the possibility of university level study truly is in their reach," Mr Fitch said. "From science-based activities, building toothbrush robots to iPad quizzes testing observation skills, the day helped fill these 12 Buckets participants with even more hope for their future."

Balga Primary School Principal, Laura O'Hara, says the children were literally talking over each other in their excitement to tell her about their day at Curtin.

One parent, whose son also attended last year's excursion, commented that the visits have encouraged her son to visualise a future that includes university entrance. 

According to Mrs O'Hara, "The children came away feeling very inspired about the possibilities for their futures", but don't take her word for it: check out some of the delightful responses from the children themselves:

Thank you to everyone involved in organising this incredible opportunity. We're so grateful to be part of this wonderful partnership that is helping to instil a sense of hope and new possibilities for the future.