The Stellar program engages students in learning opportunities and experiences that explore university and build awareness, confidence and motivation about the possibilities of higher education.  

About Stellar

Our goal is to improve university participation rates of students living in the Clarence Valley through providing engaging learning opportunities. 



Led by Southern Cross University, the Stellar Program is a unique initiative and partnership of local organisations, all working towards a single purpose. We are known as the Clarence Valley Industry Education Forum – CVIEF. In recognition that individual organisations working alone cannot provide the whole of community approach needed to make lasting change, we’ve formed a strong working collective to reach our goals.

Stellar is funded through the Commonwealth Government Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).


  • Grafton High School
  • Maclean High School
  • McAuley Catholic College
  • South Grafton High School

We also work with Year 6 students from:

  • Gillwinga Public School
  • Grafton Public School
  • Gulmarrad Public School
  • Maclean Public School 
  • South Grafton Public School  
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  • Westlawn Public School
  • Yamba Public School





  • Southern Cross University
  • Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
  • Clarence Valley Council
  • NSW Department of Education and Communities – North Coast Region

    2019 Program overview

    Student engagements

    In-School Workshops

    On-Campus Events

    Student Engagements 2013-2019

    2020 Schools Programs

    In 2020, Stellar will continue to offer program activities for students in years 6-10.  Program activities are specifically designed for each year cohort and build upon content delivered in previous years.  

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