STEPS student speaks at Reconciliation Day


It was Reconciliation Day in regional Queensland town Atherton, and the community filled a local café and people spilled out into the street, listening through open windows. As part of the morning’s presentations, community Elders, business owners and Mayor Joe Paronella listened to a speech by STEPS Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program student […]

Growing words, beans and connections at STEPS Garden Milingimbi

Milingimbi students enjoying learning in the garden

To support literacy and numeracy learning, the SEE students of Milingimbi started a greenhouse garden at the STEPS grounds in March this year and it’s attracted a lot of positive attention. The garden saw Federal Member for Lingiari the Hon Mr Warren Snowden visit and the Hon Lynne Walker member Nuhlunbuy also called in. Both […]

STEPS student success: Gao gains new job, new skills and new friends

One of our much loved students 20 year old Gao Vang is a Hmong lady from Laos. After losing her father during the Secret War, she and her younger sister were adopted by an aunt and brought to Australia as refugees. Gao came to STEPS to improve her language, literacy and numeracy skills and has […]

Window on the Wetlands visit supports student learning at STEPS

Casuarina and Palmerston literacy and numeracy students at Window on the Wetlands excursion.

Earlier this year our Casuarina and Palmerston literacy and numeracy students enjoyed an excursion to Window on the Wetlands at Beatrice Hill (or Ludawei) followed by a picnic lunch at nearby Fogg Dam. Our Casuarina trainer Ranald Anderson put together worksheets and questions for the students to complete during the excursion and even purchased a […]

This little piggy went to our house!

In outback Australia you can expect to meet all sorts of wildlife – emus, dingos, camels, spiders and snakes of all sorts, but look who popped in while we visited our trainer’s accommodation in historic Hermannsburg (Ntaria) NT! ‘Miss Piggy’ comes right to the door of our trainer Philip’s accommodation grunting something we think means […]

Facing off with frogs, fences and friendliness in remote Australia

Marianne Slade had no idea what she was in for when she left the comforts of her Gold Coast home in 2014 for sweltering Derby in far north west WA to work for STEPS as a literacy and numeracy trainer. “It was so hot and humid when my husband and I arrived there in March […]