Follow the Dream program supports students who aspire to successfully complete their secondary schooling, show aptitude for learning, and demonstrate a positive approach towards education.

Academic enrichment lies at the heart of the program, with each student offered literacy and numeracy support, specialist tutoring, personalised learning plans, one-on-one mentoring, and practical experience.

Throughout the academic year, selected students also engage in a range of extra-curricular activities that broaden their horizons, build resilience, develop confidence and promote cultural pride.

The program introduces students to a wealth of experiences, opens their eyes to a huge range of post-school pathways, and encourages them to dream big. Students who are part of the ‘Follow the Dream Family’ gain a sense of identity, belonging, and purpose. Not only do they embark on a positive post-school pathway, but they emerge as strong role models for their peers, siblings and wider community.

What does Follow the Dream offer?

  • Specialist tutoring to promote academic achievement
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Literacy and numeracy extension
  • Personalised Learning Plan
  • Support for active school participation
  • Career camps
  • University tours
  • Once-in-a-lifetime excursions
  • Workplace visits, internships, work experience and vac work
  • Leadership days
  • Inspirational Speakers and models of success
  • Cultural experiences and celebrations
  • Emotional and Well-being support
  • Life-long membership of our Alumni Network

Follow the Dream at Hedland Senior High School

In 2001, the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation brought together BHP, The Department of Education WA and the Hedland school community to establish a Follow The Dream program.

The program’s primary aim is to support aspiring students to reach their potential through increasing school attendance, lifting overall academic performance, and improving graduation rates.

Approximately selected 60 students from Hedland Senior High School in Years 7-12 participate in the Follow the Dream program, which is delivered on-site in a dedicated classroom. Participants have access to support from after school tutors with a wide range of expertise who engage and extend students in both their studies and life goals.

Students are encouraged to identify their strengths and extend themselves in those areas by accessing tutors and other resources. They are also encouraged to support their peers and represent Follow the Dream positively within the community.   

BHP and the Western Australian Department of Education have been proud supporters of the Hedland Follow The Dream program since 2003.

Meet Hedland Senior High School’s Follow the Dream Coordinator: Jessica Albers

Jessica Albers has taken on the role as Follow the Dream Coordinator in Term 3, 2021, after working as Teacher and Principal in Pilbara Schools. Jessica has worked in Aboriginal Education for approximately 15 years.

Jessica has a passion for improving student outcomes and her vision of the program is to work with students, families and industry to our support students to be future leaders, with the skills and abilities to take on any career they dream of.

Interested in joining the program?

Please contact Hedland Senior High School’s Follow the Dream Coordinator Jessica Albers on (08) 9158 1900 or via email at