Horse mastery offered to keep kids at school

15 05 2007

Australian Horses, originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.

Children in the West Australian town of Halls Creek are being offered lessons in horse mastery to keep them in school.

Students in the horse mastery program at Halls Creek District High School will be taught to ride and care for horses, tally cattle, plan a day’s mustering and keep a horse record book.

WA Indigenous Affairs Minister Michelle Roberts launched the program today in a bid to help students struggling with traditional subjects gain a “meaningful” purpose to attending school.

“The program aims to improve their literacy and numeracy skills in the classroom through completing tasks that are relevant to a working life on the land,” Ms Roberts said. Read more

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