2015 Yalari Annual Report

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Educating Indigenous Children



Abby Richards | Adan Taat | Aidan Bestwick | Aidan Finn | Alana Sharpley | Alesha Harrison | Ali Crawshaw-Tomlins | Alkira Miller | Alyssa McGrady | Amelia Mitchell | Angel Miller | Angelina Tatt | Ardu Cubillo | Aubrey Faull | Brianna Cameron | Brooke Allen | Brooke Fuller | Buddy Stanley | Caleb Weston | Calvin Hunter | Chelsea Oliver | Chelsea Ryan | Cheyanne Baker | Darcie Sexton | Darcy Palmer | Declan Harry | E li Blake Gillon | Eric Gibson | Ezekiel Billy | Faith Guyula | Finlay Yeeda | Frances Dutton | Geoffrey Swan | Georgia Dennison | Giorgia Bayles | Grace Haslett | Grace Stanley | Haley Hunt | Hayley Edwards | Holly Austin | Hunter Lawson | Imani Austin | Indira Laifoo | Isaac Burgoyne | Isabella O'Hara | Jabreeni Fogarty | Jackson Hanbidge | Jacob Burgoyne | Jacob Nichaloff | Jada Davui | Jadalyn De Busch | Jade May Jolliffe | Jaimee Ladyman | Jalu Donovan | Jamika Kelly-Wirth | Jaxon Petterson | Jaycee Sellings | Jayde Marshall | Jayden Harradine | Jazleen De Busch | Jeb Collins-Widders | Jeri Summers | Jessicah Briggs | Jodene Garstone | Johanna Loban | John Baxter | Joline Bouwer | Jondayah Martin | Jordan Swan | Kaite McAdam | Kaleesha Cain | Kane Brunjes | Kayla Baker | Kayla Harrison | Kealey Griffiths | Keely-Che Cain | Kelsey Sexton | Kelsie Mahon | Keriba Bligh | Khiaecia Milgate | Khyanne Thomas | Kia Arndt | Kiara Davies | Kiara Sutton | Kiirra Bligh | Klaudia Farnham | Kobi Hall | Koby Sellings | Lakeycha Farnham | Lakotta Miller | Lara Briggs | Larissa Woosup | Lena Cochrane | Lenka Rivers | Levi Nichaloff | Liam Saunders | Lorrae-June Kennedy | Lyric Hearn | Mahlia Peachey | Makayla Clark | Marcus Paterson | Marnie Jones | Mia Hodges | Michelle Berrigan | Molly Trindall | Monique Laurie | Monique Mallyer | Nadia Seriat | Nara MacMillan | Nathan Geno | Nelson Foster | Nina Pigram | Noah Allan | Noah Smith | Norah Hegedus | Orson King | Quilon Councillor | Rachel Ponter | Rachyl Cameron | Racy Lawton | Raelene Pearson | Ratu Davui | Raylene Smith | Reece Eades | Reggie Madden | Rekisha Satour | Renekka Narkle | Rhiannon RevellBlair | Ricky Crawshaw-Tomlins | Obby Bedford | Rueben Mongoo | Ryan Brown | Ryan O'Callaghan | Ryan See Kee | Samuel Jackson-Bolton | Sarah-Cait Kirkland | Shahleena Martin | Shanelle Smith | Sheldyn Briggs | Shuaib Rhodes-Swain | Shyanne Hines | Sophia Cover: Year 7 student Faith Guyula at Orientation Camp in January. Inside front and back cover: Names of all current students and graduates.


Year 9 student Isaac Burgoyne at the Brisbane Dinner in October.

About Yalari What We Offer Founding Director 2015 Social Impact From Our Chairman Larissa’s Story About Our Students Charlie’s Story Our Partner Schools Our Journey So Far Claire’s Story Our Volunteers Yalari Alumni Amber’s Story Kellie’s Story Board & Governance Financials A Partnership Story It Takes a Whole Community to Educate a Child Achieving Our Mission

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Year 9 student Grace Haslett at the Central Australia Camp in June.


Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation offering secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities. Since 2005, Yalari has been providing Indigenous children with full boarding school scholarships for their entire secondary education. We believe education is the key to generational change and a brighter future. We are deeply committed to the ongoing success of our national program of scholarships, student support and post-school opportunities. In 2015, we had 173 students on Yalari scholarships nationally and an Alumni group of 137 studying at universities, working or undertaking further training. Yalari’s success is largely credited to the key elements and differentiators of our unique model:

1. Choice & opportunity for students and their families encourages their engagement and commitment. 2. Strong relationships and trust are fostered by Yalari, with each student, their family and school, enabling effective connections and communication. 3. One-on-one support is provided through our unique programs and processes including selection, transition, student support and personal development, postschool and alumni. 4. Strong partnerships with schools, sponsors, donors and volunteers who share our values and embrace our partnership and support model.

Yalari students participate in all aspects of school life: academic, boarding, sporting, social and extracurricular activities. While learning themselves, they also enrich the experiences of their fellow students and wider school community by sharing their talent, culture and stories. The scholars are exposed to new ideas, learning experiences and personal development. They grow in their self-belief, confidence and determination, and have the opportunity for further education and employment. All of these aspects further the students’ education, empowerment and future prospects. Positive future change begins with the actions we take today with our children; the Yalari team is determined to see this change happen for our students.


Our scholarship program consists of three elements, all designed to ensure students are given the best chance of success on their scholarship journey and beyond.

The Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship Program

All Yalari students are recipients of the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship. Each year, up to 50 scholarships are offered to Indigenous children from regional, rural or remote communities who satisfy the selection criteria and are willing to give 100% towards their education. Scholarships include full boarding, school tuition and related costs at one of Yalari’s partner schools, a leading boarding school in Australia. To be eligible, students must be entering their first year of high school. Scholarships are reviewed annually and, all being well, continues for a student’s entire secondary education. The selection of our scholars is based on: • Academic effort and school references; • Primary school attendance rates; • Participation in leadership, sport and extracurricular activities at school and in their communities; • Family support to attend boarding school; • Performance in interviews with Yalari staff and school staff.

Student Development Program

Yalari’s unprecedented level of support for all scholarship students is a key strength of our unique model and contributes to our high retention rates. We have a passionate team of professionals throughout Australia who support our students, their families and our partner schools on a daily basis. Opportunities for Yalari students to catch-up with each other, seek support or advice and undertake personal development are offered throughout the year by way of camps and activities. Some of these include: • Years 7 and 8 Orientation Camp: Students learn about boarding school life and what to expect. • Year 9 Central Australia Camps: Students focus on team work, relationship building and leadership skills while connecting further with their Indigenous culture. • Year 10 Trinity Camp: Students gain an insight into university life and participate in leadership, cultural and creative activities in the university lecture halls and theatres. • Year 10 Pay-It-Forward Program: A Yalari fundraising initiative encouraging each student to think creatively and work together, in order to fund a scholarship for another Yalari student.

• Year 11 Horizons Camp: Hosted by The University of Queensland’s Business School, students participate in workshops, activities, presentations and special projects. • Year 12 Graduation: Celebrating the achievements of our graduates, a formal ceremony is held, followed by skiing in the snow fields.

Pathways and Alumni Program

The Yalari Pathways and Alumni Program provides a formal structure to support Yalari students and graduates in their transition to higher education, vocational training and employment. This includes: • • • •

Career guidance in Years 11 and 12; Tertiary scholarships and support; Work experience and mentoring; and the Alumni program

Students are encouraged to stay-in-touch with Yalari via the Alumni Program where they can access support and participate in ongoing sustainability of the Yalari community and its work.


Year 9 student Quilon Councillor at the Central Australia camp in June.


After an exciting decade of opportunities, achievements and growth we are as committed as ever in our quest for education, empowerment and generational change for our students. We celebrated Yalari’s 10th birthday this year and I am so very grateful and exceedingly appreciative to the many people who have supported “a very good idea” and helped us turn it into a reality. From humble and naïve beginnings in 2005 from our home, we now employ 25 staff Australia wide and base our head office in Helensvale on the Gold Coast. To our long term Yalari staff, thank you so very much for being patient and helping us grow into an organisation with robust structure and procedures that are working towards generational change and making a difference for Indigenous children. To our newer staff members, welcome to our family. I would like to thank our dedicated board members who provide the corporate governance, business advice and direction with flexibility and sensitivity to “the founders”. Your careful consideration and due diligence for the safety and continued growth of Yalari adds value to everything we do for our children. We have many generous individuals, corporate companies, philanthropic bodies and foundations who provide financial support, in kind support, business advice or a listening ear with an open heart. Our success is your success. With caring and compassionate boarding school personnel from Headmasters, Heads of School, Principals, Heads of Boarding, boarding staff, coaches, mentors and teachers, our children are receiving the educational opportunities and life experiences that prepare them for life now and into their futures. Have faith in the treasured and valuable positions of guidance you find yourself in each day. Who knows what your

care and commitment today is creating for the future? Our volunteers are our champions who graciously give their time, their support and their life experiences at camps, fundraising dinners, the Walk, coordinating logistics, folding newsletters, tutoring our children, taxiing our children to sport or appointments or just being a dear friend of Yalari - thank you so very much. Your time is valued and cherished. I would like to remind our children and alumni that your past, and that of your family or community, does not have to be your future. You have the opportunity to place the heavy backpack of inter-generational pain and suffering down on the ground and leave it behind, because we are moving forward. However, by moving forward you never forget where you come from. You always remember where home is. You remain true to the values and beliefs that you have been taught but have the courage to find your purpose. Make a plan to achieve the goals that you set, and have the passion and drive to contribute to others along the way. You know what I mean, I see you supporting each other from across the country already. In 1979, I did not know then that my life path and journey would meander through Toowoomba Grammar School and be the beginning of a purpose that I am now fulfilling. My grade 7 teacher from Murgon Sate School, Mrs. Bishop believed in a 12 year old boy and now as a 48 year old man I find myself in the remarkably fortunate position of effecting generational change. Let’s acknowledge the past, and walk together unified towards

the one goal of equality for all people. I dream of a time when there is no more comparisons between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians. The next ten years is about adding extra value to each child who becomes a part of our Yalari family. It is about providing holistic support that will complement the individual purpose for each child to fulfil their potential of making a significant difference for their lives. Everyone’s contributions, assistance, advice and support are not only helping us at Yalari and the children on our program, but also the Indigenous social landscape within this country. We are moving away from an “us and them” mentality towards a just and equitable Australian society where we are no longer judged by the colour of our skin, political persuasion or gender. We must move towards a people, as Australians, who have empathy for each other as brothers and sisters of humanity. I am looking forward to the next ten years with positivity, enthusiasm, hope and gratitude.

Waverley Stanley Founding Director


About Waverley Waverley grew up in the rural Queensland town of Murgon and attended the local state school. It was here that his teacher Mrs. Rosemary Bishop, recognised Waverley’s potential and helped him obtain a secondary school scholarship to attend Toowoomba Grammar School. Waverley’s life was forever shaped by the quality education he received.

In recognition of this

opportunity and with a strong desire for generational change, Waverley and Llew founded Yalari in 2005 and established The Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship Program. More than 10 years on, Waverley still travels across Australia, personally selecting children for the program.

Portrait of Waverley painted by Year 9 student Jacob Burgoyne. The painting was entered into the school art competition and won first prize.

“My experience at Toowoomba Grammar School was the catalyst for the success, passion and direction in my life. All Yalari’s efforts are aimed at offering Indigenous children a chance, now and for the future. We believe they can achieve anything if given a great education.” - Waverley Stanley






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• Yalari Alumni travel to South America and Antarctica • Years 7 & 8 scholars attend Orientation Camp on the Gold Coast • Inaugural Yalari Captains are introduced and awarded • Yalari welcomes two new partner schools: John Paul College Brisbane and Sydney Church of England Grammar School • Yalari celebrates its 10th Birthday on 13 April • Year 12 Pathways Workshops held in Brisbane and Melbourne • Year 10 Leadership Camp held in the Gold Coast Hinterland





• Year 9 boys and girls Central Australia Camps • Successful Fundraising Dinners in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide • Year 11 Horizons Camp held at the University of Queensland • Year 12 Graduation Ceremony and Ski Weekend • Naming of the Inaugural Yalari Valedictorian • Biennial Commemorative Walk to Cherbourg • Inaugural Yalari Senior Leadership and Junior Resilience Awards







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Student Achievements

• Larissa Woosup - School Vice Captain at Canberra Girls’ Grammar School, 2015 Yalari Valedictorian, represented Australia at the International Dragon Boat Federation’s World Nation’s Championship in Canada. • Jazleen De Busch - Boarding Captain, Drama Captain and School Prefect at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Brisbane. • Jadalyn De Busch - Cricket Captain and School Prefect at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School Brisbane. • Rachyl Cameron - Oaktree Captain and Softball Captain at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School Brisbane. • Ezekiel Stanley - The first Yalari graduate to work as a gap student for the year at Geelong Grammar School’s Timbertop Campus.





• The Southport School graduate, Logan Taylor was awarded a scholarship to Bond University and commenced studying a Bachelor of Commerce. • Jacob Burgoyne won 1st Prize with his drawing of Waverley Stanley at the 2015 Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show. • Shannon Bishop is the first Yalari graduate to complete her Bachelor of Computer Based Design, 3D Animation at the University of the Sunshine Coast. • Kyol Blakeney - 2015 President of the Student Representative Council at The University of Sydney. • Tyson Holloway-Clarke - Indigenous Office Bearer, Student Council at Melbourne University. • Nara MacMillan - Represented Scotch College Adelaide at the 2015 GAIL Conference in India.



• Yalari Senior Leadership Awards received by Larissa Woosup, Rachyl Cameron and Rekisha Satour. • Yalari Junior Resilience Awards received by Levi Nicholoff, Haley Hunt and Adan Taat. • Yalari Alumni Taneale Lawton, Shauna Sandow and Lori Clevens, and Yalari students Kelsey Sexton (St Hilda’s School) and Tarrena Buckle (Geelong Grammar School) won places at the UPW Youth Leadership Conference in Sydney. Kelsey was later awarded a place to attend the Youth Leadership Conference in the USA in 2016.


“2015 has been a year of planning and building for the future...”

Yalari Chairman, Mary Boydell.


After ten years of educating and empowering Indigenous children, we look to the future with optimism and enthusiasm. 2015 has been a memorable year for the whole Yalari community. Against the backdrop of celebrating our 10th anniversary, Yalari students have continued to learn and grow, each travelling a unique journey to complete their secondary education and then to pursue higher education, vocational training and employment. Yalari students continue to achieve remarkable outcomes for themselves and their families, and they make a valuable contribution to their schools and their broader community networks.

what has been achieved, to pay tribute to the many people who made it possible and to plan for the future. Each occasion was special and in 2015 each fundraising dinner took on its own character of celebration. At our Brisbane dinner, we formally recognised the long and significant service of our retiring Patron, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO. Dame Quentin has been a gracious and generous Patron, showing a keen interest in Yalari students, their achievements and welfare. We sincerely thank her for this.

As we work, support and celebrate with each student, we pay tribute to the extraordinary vision and determination shown by our founders, Waverley Stanley and Llew Mullins; to bring Yalari to life and then to nurture the organisation through its first ten years.

Also at the Brisbane dinner, we were delighted to welcome Mrs. Rosemary Bishop, Waverley’s Grade 7 teacher. In Waverley’s words: ‘Thank you Mrs. Bishop, look what you started!’ Indeed Mrs. Bishop, thank you for giving a young boy an opportunity - you have inspired us all.

This is not just a mere ten years, but a decade of opportunity, challenges and achievements for the 137 Yalari graduates who have completed Year 12 and the 166 Yalari scholars attending boarding school in 2016; for their families, their schools and our wonderful staff, volunteers and financial supporters; without whom none of this would be possible. It truly does take a whole community to educate a child, and we sincerely thank each and every one of you.

2015 has been a year of planning and building for the future with the adoption of our Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2019. We have a mission for generational change and the success of our students is paramount.

During the year there were many occasions to celebrate

For the period 2015 to 2019, we believe it is imperative that our focus and effort be directed to continuous improvement in the quality and delivery of our programs to ensure each student has the best chance of success. Our strong relationships with students, their families and

partner schools together with our one-on-one student support model are fundamental to achieving this. During the year we welcomed Colin Roden and Karen Spiller to our board, complimenting the skills and attributes of our long serving directors Waverley, Llew and Bruce Davidson. I sincerely thank my board colleagues for their contribution and wise counsel, and moreover their commitment to the values and ideals of Yalari. Finally, to our Yalari students, alumni and families, thank you for embracing opportunity and working with us and our partner schools. We look forward to working with you in 2016 and trust that you achieve all that you wish for.

Mary Boydell Chairman


Throughout her years at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Larissa has demonstrated strong leadership within academic, sporting and personal pursuits. Below is an excerpt of her address to the Yalari graduating class. Congratulations to the inaugural 2015 Yalari Valedictorian, Larissa Woosup.

I have only just recently returned a couple of days ago from The World Dragon Boat Racing Championships, held in Welland, Canada. The trip was an amazing experience, one I was able to share with people all over the world from different background and cultures. My highlight of the trip was the opening ceremony, where I had the privilege of flag-bearing both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags while leading the whole Australian team alongside the breathtaking views of Niagara Falls. I am very grateful for those who helped me attend this event! These are memories that will last me a lifetime. I would like to thank all the people who have supported me over the last six years at Canberra Girls Grammar School. Firstly to my Yalari sponsor, Mrs. Win Schubert AO. Without her ongoing support, I would never have made it to boarding school, let alone be graduating Year 12. Thank you for believing in me. To Bob Breen and the Podmore Foundation, you have given me the opportunity to travel overseas to Laos and Thailand, represent my school at a national level for basketball multiple times, as well as represent my country in Canada. I would never have been able to gain those memories and experiences without you.

Meaghan Darcy, my KPMG mentor has helped me invaluably. To Mrs. Twigg and Mrs. Doherty for their motherly support and care in the boarding house. A special thank you to Nicola, Bob, Julie and Malcolm for being with me every step of the way, watching me grow as a person and showing nothing but love, support and encouragement to keep me striving for my goals. To my amazing, loving mother; my “number-one” fan, who has supported and encouraged me in all my decisions, regardless how big or small. Last but not least, to Waverley and Llew, for making today possible! Without your pure determination, love, passion and drive in founding Yalari, no one in this room would be sitting here today. You are both inspirational people; who change our lives and give us the opportunity to succeed in what we love doing! Opportunities which we would not have even dreamed of if we attended the local high schools in our home communities. Yalari as a family has given me so much more than a secondary education at Canberra Girls Grammar School. They have given me a journey full of new experiences and doorways of opportunities, helping me grow and challenge myself as a person - Yalari has set me up for the real world. As a year group, this Yalari class of 2015 has shared many adventures and memories starting with our Orientation Camps, Central Australia Outback Camp, Year 10 Trinity Camp, Year 11 Horizons Camp and the Year 12 Pathways

Camp. We all started off as shy, quiet and reserved children managing to hide our faces or turn our backs whenever someone attempted to take a photo! To now…. camera loving and confident, successful young men and women ready to take on the next chapters of our lives. To the 28 Yalari graduates here today, I would like to say congratulations! Every person who applied for this scholarship deserved it! Not because you are meant to compete against one another but because of your individual drives, passions and talents - all going on to make achievements of your own at your own pace, leaving your impact on your families, communities and Australia. Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world”. We have this weapon now! Use it and do amazing things! You do not have to be smarter than the next person; all you have to do is be willing to work harder!

Thank you! I feel honored being named the inaugural Yalari Valedictorian for 2015. Firstly I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on and pay respect to the elders, past, present and future.

The only limits in life are the ones you make. Believe in yourself and you will do unbelievable things. Never forget who you are, where you came from and the people who have supported you through your journey. I wish you all the best for your future endeavors and whatever happens, never give up! Dream, believe and achieve!


About Our Students In 2015, there were 173 scholarship recipients from communities across Australia. The graph details Yalari students by home state.

Larissa Woosup at the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony, Royal Military College Duntroon in September.

Alice Springs Alyangula Ashley Badu Island Bairnsdale Bamawm Bellamack Berrimah Blue Haven Boulder Broken Hill Broome Cairns Caloundra West Charleville Clermont Coffs Harbour Collarenabri Corbie Hill Cranbrook Curra Dalby Darwin Deniliquin Derby Driver Dubbo Eidsvold Goomalling Grafton

SA 0.5%

VIC 9.83% WA 17.47%

NT 17.9%

Gray Gunnedah Halls Creek Hammond Island Huskisson Karama Katanning Katherine Kingaroy Kununurra Lakes Entrance Lightning Ridge Longreach Mabuiag Island Malak Maningrida Manunda Maryborough Mildura Moranbah Moree Moulden Mt Isa Mulgoa Mungindi Murgon Narrabri Old Bar Pilliga Port Macquarie

NSW 28.9%

QLD 25.4%

Quirindi South Mackay St George Tennant Creek Tenterfield Thevenard Thursday Island Tiwi Hervey Bay Torres Strait Islands Uralla Nhulunbuy Winnellie Walgett Wallawalla Wanaaring Warren Warrnambool Wellington West Tamworth Wickham Wilcannia Woodroffe Woorabinda Woree Wulagi Wy Yung Yamba


Vice Principal of Geelong Grammar School, Charlie Scudamore explains how ‘we’ve opened our eyes and hearts...’ Meaningful partnerships are all about collaboration, a desire to understand the other, mutual respect, the coming together of values, of purpose and, above all else, a genuine belief that the combined efforts of both partners will result in a better future. I believe Geelong Grammar School’s partnership with Yalari has undoubtedly been meaningful, purposeful, educative and deeply profound.

young and old? Would we have invited the wise elder Uncle Bob Randell to this school as a Visiting Fellow? Would we have created the beautiful possum skin coat; a project supported by our Year 7 and 8 Yalari students who mentored our junior non-Indigenous students? I could continue to list a myriad of questions and I suggest that the answer to all would be no.

Our partnership with Yalari started back in 2006. Strong foundations were established to support Geelong Grammar School’s Indigenous Programme. Open and honest discussions with Waverley Stanley paved the way for the first Yalari students to become part of our community. Since their arrival we have been enriched by our interactions with these Indigenous students and their families. We have opened our minds and hearts to the original custodians of this magnificent ancient land. I have stated on many occasions, that our Indigenous Programme is for every member of this community, not just those with an Indigenous heritage.

However, it is with pride that we can now respond to all of the above questions in the affirmative. We also celebrate, not only the growth in numbers of Indigenous students attending this school, which now includes local, non-Yalari Indigenous students, but perhaps of greater significance, evidence of a greater understanding, an acceptance, a willingness to embrace and respect our differences, while celebrating our similarities. Surely, we are nourished as a community by our diversity. Surely, this nourishment is critical if we are hoping to close our country’s enormous socio-economic-emotional disparities and inequalities that currently exist. Has this not been at the core of Yalari’s existence since its inception?

If we had not opened our minds and hearts to Yalari would we have flown the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands flags on our campuses? Would Welcome to Country, Acknowledgement of Country and Smoking Ceremonies be accepted and better understood by our school community? Would we have celebrated NAIDOC weeks or staged an inspiring three-day Indigenous Cultural Festival that saw iconic musicians Archie Roach and Shane Howard and artist Vicki Couzins share their creativity and stories with

Geelong Grammar School has been ‘nourished’ by its involvement with Yalari. Currently we are developing a Reconciliation Action Plan, bringing together teachers, parents and students who will endeavour to produce an inclusive document, understood and respected by all. Our Indigenous students contribute to this community in so many arenas: in the classroom, in sport, in the co-curricular programme and in leadership roles. Many have completed

their Year 12 and pursued their post-school goals and aspirations. Last year’s trio of Year 12 students are now attending university. In the not so distant past this would have been considered an ‘outstanding achievement’. Today, this has almost become an expectation. I celebrate this ‘expectation’. It must become the ‘norm’ for our Indigenous youth to achieve all of which they are capable of and wish to achieve. Yalari students are intelligent, talented, caring, resilient, adventurous, cheeky, hardworking and committed. When given genuine opportunities and proper support structures, these students do thrive. Yalari’s vision continues to shine, it remains a beacon of hope. Waverley once wrote that his dream was to give Indigenous students a “…first class education in a supportive school environment”. He wanted these children to “…experience new areas of personal, social and cultural growth and the chance to shape the lives for themselves and for the betterment of their communities and the Indigenous people of Australia”. Geelong Grammar School’s community, through its Indigenous Programme, has become more inclusive, more accepting and more culturally aware. Our partnership with Yalari is built on respect and a strong desire to make a positive difference to the lives of our youth. We recognise the power of education; its potential to bring about positive change. We also recognise that there is much to do to ‘close the gap’, yet we live in hope that our partnership will lead to a more caring, compassionate, equitable and vibrant future for Australia.


Our Partner Schools

Strong and productive partnerships with each of our 28 partner schools are a cornerstone of our success. When Yalari selects a school as a partner, our aim is to ensure our scholars are placed in the care of dedicated education professionals, where they will not only learn but will be supported. Each of our current partner schools across Australia has been carefully selected, ensuring they are caring and culturally sensitive to our students and their families. The support from the broader school communities, including parents and other students, help us welcome our students into school life and is always a valued addition to our relationship with the school itself.

Geelong Grammar School’s Vice Principal - Charlie Scudamore conducting a Smoking Ceremony at School Assembly.

Great Southern Grammar School, Albany Scotch College, Perth Geelong Grammar School Methodist Ladies’ College, Melbourne St Catherine’s School, Melbourne The Peninsula School, Mornington Peninsula St Catherine’s School, Melbourne Scotch College, Melbourne Scotch College, Adelaide St Peter’s College, Adelaide Abbotsleigh, Sydney Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth Kambala, Sydney Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange Presbyterian Ladies College, Armidale

St Ignatius’ College, Riverview, Sydney The Armidale School The Scots College, Sydney Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Brisbane Rockhampton Grammar School St Augustine’s College, Cairns St Hilda’s School, Southport St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Brisbane The Glennie School, Toowoomba The Southport School, Gold Coast Toowoomba Grammar School John Paul College, Brisbane


2005 Yalari was established on 13 April 2005 by Waverley Stanley, his wife Llew Mullins and a group of like minded and generous supporters. Yalari was assisted with start-up funding supplied by AVCAL (Australian Venture Capital Association Limited) and DEEWR (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations).

06 Our first three students start boarding school at Toowoomba Grammar School and The Glennie School. Yalari’s Inaugural fundraising dinner in Sydney raises in excess of $300,000.



13 new scholarship recipients start at six different boarding schools around Australia. Yalari raises in excess of $1 million through partnerships, private and corporate donations.

25 new students receive Yalari scholarships.

The Inaugural Yalari Orientation Camp was held at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast.

The first Year 9 Central Australia Camps were held.

Vincent Fairfax Foundation becomes Yalari’s first major partner

09 Yalari offers a further 34 students scholarships through our partner schools. Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, accepts the patronage of Yalari and attends our annual Brisbane Fundraising Dinner. Waverley is named as Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Nth Region).







Yalari celebrates its fifth birthday!

Yalari offers 50 students scholarships including students from Western Australia for the first time.

Yalari’s Head Office is devastated by fire. The Gold Coast Titans NRL Club generously donate office space at their headquarters in Robina. The Yalari community rallies to get us back on our feet!

25 students graduate Year 12.

Relocated to Siganto Drive, Helensvale

Yalari celebrates its 10th Birthday!

Pay It Forward Year 10 Fundraising Initiative begins.

Waverley travels to South Africa for his Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Yalari currently has 173 scholars and 137 Alumni.

The Federal Government awards part of its Indigenous Youth Leadership Program to Yalari, adding 66 transitioning students and a further nine schools to our program. Powderfinger, Australia’s most successful rock band, supports Yalari throughout their ‘Sunsets’ farewell tour of Australia in late 2010. 17 Yalari students graduate Year 12. Waverley Stanley is a finalist in the Australian of the Year, Queensland nominees.

Inaugural Commemorative Walk to Cherbourg. PBI (Public Benevolent Institution) endorsement by the Australian Tax Office


Yalari Alumni travel to Argentina and Antarctica as part of the ‘Outback to Icecap’.

28 partner schools. 28 students graduate Year 12.


I first met Waverley and Llew about nine years ago when my friend Cymbeline Johnson and I started volunteering at the Orientation Camps and as mentors for the first Yalari scholars at Abbotsleigh. We began at the Orientation Camp on the Gold Coast in the Christmas holidays of 2008. We met all the students, including the girls from Moree who were about to start at Abbotsleigh. From then on, it was a sort-of ‘big sister’ role; the first day settling them into the boarding house, taking them out occasionally and popping in for a casual chat. I initially volunteered because my own opportunity of an excellent education has been instrumental in giving me choices, independence and a sense of purpose in life. It is largely through the contribution of others, namely my parents, that I am the beneficiary of this good fortune. Therefore, I always understood the importance of passing that contribution on, and I believe that supporting the empowerment of Indigenous young people will have positive and meaningful impacts for all Australians. Ironically, I now work as a secondary school history teacher at Abbotsleigh. The experiences and learning I have gained from being involved with Yalari have greatly benefited my teaching, in both understanding Indigenous perspectives and responding to my students’ diversity.

It is also a great joy to be a part of the Abbotsleigh Yalari girls’ school journey right from their first day at Orientation Camp through to graduating Year 12. My involvement with Yalari has given me more than I have contributed, largely through the wonderful relationships I have developed with other volunteers and Yalari staff. It has been so enriching to spend time with people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences whose sense of goodwill and decency are fundamental to who they are. Of course, I also love spending time with the students at camp, and playing a small part in supporting them to rise to the many challenges of boarding school. The most beautiful memory I have of my involvement with Yalari actually came during a school assembly in NAIDOC Week last year. Mahlia Peachey, who was then in Year 12, addressed the school to explain the week’s personal significance, as well as its wider importance for all of us as Australians. She spoke with such eloquence, depth of thought and, as I found out afterwards, from her own initiative, that I, and many others, were deeply moved. I felt very proud of her, and also privileged to have been able to see her grow from a shy 11 year old from Warren into a selfassured and dignified young woman confident to address an audience of nearly one thousand.

Claire Butler has been a volunteer at Yalari since 2008. She tells us how her involvement gives her a sense of fulfillment and purpose.

I know not all Yalari scholars will blossom into such competent public speakers, but I also know the opportunities and ongoing support of Yalari will provide them with the choices, independence and sense of purpose in life to flourish.


Our Volunteers




Volunteers play a vital role within Yalari as they provide additional support across many areas of the organisation. The contribution of Yalari’s volunteers is invaluable and without their involvement, Yalari would not be able to provide the quality and trusted educational opportunities and support for our students.


Volunteer Hours

Volunteering roles range from long term commitments to one-off events or projects and include: • Assisting with the operation and coordination of our fundraising dinners; • Tutoring the Yalari students; • Transportation of students; • Administration, particularly in our Head Office; • Sourcing donations for auction prizes at our dinners; • Assisting at camps or the biennial Cherbourg Commemorative Walk; • Project work. Volunteering at Yalari provides a meaningful way to make a difference and we are deeply thankful to all our wonderful volunteers.

Long-standing Yalari Volunteer, Claire Butler.

If you have ever thought about volunteering and would like more information, please visit www.yalari.org.


Yalari Alumni The success of the Pathways and Alumni Program is attributed to its unique structure which offers one-on-one support, advice, guidance and help. The Pathways Manager begins working with students while they are still at school giving them a greater understanding of career pathways and the benefits of planning a transition beyond school. Students are offered insight about university options, apprenticeship and trainee information, gap-year decisions and employment. The program also incorporates many opportunities and options specific to Indigenous students. Students go on to a range of activities after boarding school, which reflects the quality of education they have received. Nursing and teaching continue to be popular choices for Yalari graduates, which will have a profound impact on the health and education of many Indigenous people in the future. We have continued to foster relationships with a number of universities and are delighted to see a growing number of Yalari graduates choosing courses at university.


Yalari graduate Amber Phineasa joined the Defence Indigenous Deployment Program of the Australian Defence Force... and has never looked back. It seems fitting a girl who spent her young life on a remote island in the Torres Strait would pursue a career defending Australia on the high seas but 21 year old Amber Phineasa nearly missed her true calling. “When I finished school I went back to my current hometown, Bamaga. I didn’t get a job until a few months later, working at the local bistro bar to get some pocket money for myself.” Amber then started a Certificate II in Hospitality but shortly lost interest and quit her job in search of a new opportunity. Up to three months went by. “I didn’t have any motivation whatsoever,” Amber explains. Things started to look up when she moved further north to Cape York’s Punsand Bay to complete her Certificate III. A few months later she took a job at the Mossman Gorge Centre and found her confidence. “I loved the community, got into playing local sports and I successfully finished the course and received my Certificate in Hospitality.” But Amber wanted more. In 2013, she made the bold move to relocate to the Gold Coast to work for the organisation that had helped educate her. “I loved going in to work at Yalari - it always made my day seeing all the beautiful faces every morning. I felt so blessed because Llew, Waverley and all my colleagues supported me.”

Twelve months into the job came Amber’s light bulb moment. “I decided I wanted to travel the world, I had a look into Defence jobs and decided on the Navy. My uncle’s a Chief in the Navy.” In 2014, she joined the Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP) and began a rigorous five month course that taught her how to use a range of weapons, and put her fitness, literacy and numeracy skills to the test. “It was a difficult course but I knew I really wanted to be in the Navy so I pushed myself that extra level and kept my mind focused. What also kept me motivated was my sister. We did the course together, pushed each other through and graduated together.” There was another six months training until Amber could land the role she’d been striving for - Boatswain’s Mate. “We provide the specialist knowledge, training and supervision of more advanced seamanship and are the Navy’s close range weapon specialists. We’re also heavily involved in Boarding Operations, and Force Protection.” Amber is now based in Sydney and serving on HMAS DARWIN. “At the moment I am on deployment for seven months in the Middle East on Operation Manitou. So far it’s been a great experience to see different places and see what we are capable of doing out at sea. It’s challenging but you’ve just

got to take each day as it comes. I always push myself to do my very best.” Two years after being enlisted into the ADF, Amber is humbled by her achievement. “The one thing I am most proud of right now is how far I’ve come in the Navy and doing what I love to do, to serve and protect my country.” She certainly has come a long way since her school days, first attending Concordia College in Toowoomba in 2007 before moving to The Glennie School in 2008 after receiving a scholarship with the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program and Yalari. “I was so happy when I got the scholarship with Yalari. The organisation gave me support through my secondary schooling, helped me cope with being away from my families and friends, opened my mind to real world opportunities, took me on leadership camps to elite universities and even gave me the chance to meet the most amazing singer, Jessica Mauboy! Yalari has helped me in many ways from high school, to where I am now. I would like to say a big thank you to my families and friends for their support through my life and a special one for Llew, Waverley and Yalari Staff/family for the advice, love and support you have given me still to this day.”


My name is Kellie Crouch and my daughter Abby Richards has attended the Great Southern Grammar School in Albany, Western Australia for the last five years. This is my ‘Letter to Abby’

Now I was on my own and I didn’t even want to think about you and how you were feeling, but I knew this was just the beginning of our journey. A journey that began back when you were only a little girl in Port Lincoln. Sharing the journey was my baby sister and your special Aunty Elva. When I got home to Kalgoorlie, I had to put myself back together and start the hard walk to learning to ‘just let go’. So Abby, I want to tell you why I let you go. Many years ago and going back into time, my family were badly affected by the Stolen Generation. My dad and my grandparents were forcibly taken from their families and placed in state missions and homes. They had awful experiences and missed their families so much. They were told it was for their ‘own good’ and they might even get an education. So for me to even consider sending you away hit a very raw nerve and caused much grief and anger. But Elva and I just knew this was the right thing for you Abby. We knew that after many years of listening to us tell you how you could get an education and change your world, that you’d be alright.

I don’t think you even missed me for the first three months... and then it hit home! You were in a place where there were no other Aboriginal people. You were the only one. Then the tears started. You hated it. You didn’t want to be there. You missed me and your family. You wanted to come home. Abby, it was the hardest thing to tell you ‘this was where you had to be’, then hang up the phone! Afterwards, I would usually burst into tears. You were my child and you were in pain. Did I do the right thing?

There were times when you felt like giving up but you could hear your Poppa’s voice saying “Abby, always finish what you start!” So you found the good things and they always outweighed the bad. You realised Grammar was where you were meant to be. We were proud of you.

Over the years you grew to love the Great Southern Grammar School and there were lots of highs and lows for you there. You joined the Navy Cadets not knowing that your great grandfather had been a sailor and had sailed all around the world on his ship.

Over the years we have felt happy, ecstatic, sad, angry, lonely and thrilled. It has certainly been a roller-coaster ride and one that I wouldn’t have missed for the world.

You began singing and discovered a great passion. Art was also something that you had a flair for; with one of your paintings being used to promote the schools productions in Albany. You travelled all over Australia with Yalari and made many friendships with other young people. You were so happy when other Aboriginal kids began attending Grammar and became a mentor and friend to them. But there were the hard times too. You couldn’t help yourself when a new teacher discussed Aboriginal people and stereotypes. You just had to say something! So instead of just being the student, you were the one giving the lesson to the teacher. You remembered your Poppa telling you that you had to always stand up and be a strong black girl. And you did.

So Abby this part of your journey is now coming to an end and a new chapter will start soon. Your Auntie Elva moved to Melbourne and this is where you have set your sights on living.

Yalari has given us both something that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. It has opened doors to endless possibilities, built resilience and independence in you, created lifelong friendships and provided memories that you will take with you through life.

Dear Abby. Today is a really hard day for me. Almost as hard as the first day I took you to Albany and left you at the boarding school. I think that I cried all the way back home to Kalgoorlie, seven hundred kilometres away. I know other families have let their children go away even further to school, but you were my baby, my only child and I felt absolutely devastated; but I was proud of you.

Yalari has given you something that no one can ever take away from you – the means to continue your journey with self-confidence, courage, the ability to take risks, to make mistakes, (and learn from them), to become the young lady that Auntie Elva and I saw for you many, many years ago. I am so proud of all you have achieved and I just know that one day, in the future, everyone will know who you are – my daughter, Abby Richards. Love from Mum


Kellie Crouch (left) with daughter Abby Richards at the Adelaide Dinner in October.


The Yalari Board are committed to the vision and mission of the organisation and have been vital in developing the unique culture.

Mary Boydell

Waverley Stanley

Llew Mullins

Mary is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in business and as a Non-Executive Director.

Waverley has worked extensively throughout Queensland as an Indigenous Support Officer for Education Queensland. More recently he has presented and facilitated leadership and education workshops and conferences for Indigenous people throughout Australia.

Llew has worked extensively throughout Australia with Indigenous people, coordinating business workshops and managing a mentoring program between corporate business people and Indigenous small business owners. As a Founding Director of Yalari, Llew also served on the board from April 2005 to January 2009. She is an experienced counsellor and is currently the Scholarship Manager for Yalari, responsible for overseeing the selection process of students and the ongoing pastoral care and academic direction of scholarship recipients.


She has served as Chairman of the Gladstone Area Water Board, Commissioner of the Queensland Water Commission, Chairman of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, a Board Member of the CSIRO, and as a Director of Energex Limited, Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority, South East Queensland Water Corporation Limited, BSES Limited, Burnett Water Pty Ltd and the Australian Trade Commission. She is a former Chairman and Member of the Queensland Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Mary is a Director of Uniquest Pty Limited, a member of the Chartered Accountants Advisory Group (Queensland) for Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, and maintains a close interest in her family’s business.

Founding Director

Executive Director

As a Founding Director of Yalari, Waverley knows about the power of education. As a young Indigenous boy he was given the opportunity to attend Toowoomba Grammar School for his secondary school education, and it was this opportunity that started him on the Yalari journey. He has a passion for education and the empowerment of Indigenous children and over the last ten years has worked tirelessly to bring his vision to a reality. Waverley is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program for 2005-2006 and also the recipient of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship for 2013.

Constitution - Yalari Limited is constituted as a company limited by guarantee. Its Object

enables Indigenous children and Indigenous young people in Indigenous communities to access a quality education. The income and property of the Company must only be applied towards the promotion of the Objects of the Company which are Non-profit in nature. There is no distribution of profits to Members on winding up and the liability of Members is limited on winding up. The Company is a Deductible Gift Recipient and is compliant with requirements to maintain such DGR status.

The Board

Llew’s experience in business, financial management and organisation, as well as many years working in the social welfare and counselling areas, has provided the necessary skills and administration to bring Yalari from an idea into a reality.

- The Directors of the Company that form the Board will consist of at least three, and not more than ten, persons to be elected in general meeting for a term of three years. All Directors are eligible for re-appointment. The Board has the power to appoint a qualified person to fill a casual vacancy or as an addition to the existing members. Such an appointee holds office until the next general meeting when an election must be taken to fill the vacancy and the appointee is eligible for election at that general meeting. On an ongoing basis the Board considers the mix of skills and attributes that are necessary for it to discharge its responsibilities to a high standard and in an effective manner.


Bruce Davidson

Colin Roden

Karen Spiller

Bruce holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Queensland and was formerly a partner in a leading commercial law firm. He specialised in international business and conducted business development activities throughout Asia.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics and Accounting from Macquarie University and is a Managing Director at Group Treasury for Westpac Banking Corporation. With over 35 years experience in financial markets in both Australia and internationally, Colin currently leads a team of over 30 professionals.

Karen has over 30 years teaching and leadership experience in both girls and coeducational Anglican schools and has been Principal at St. Aidan’s since 2000. Karen is the Treasurer of the Board of the Association of Heads in Independent Schools and is the Chair elect. She is also Vice-President of the Board of Independent Schools, Queensland and is a past National President for the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia. Karen was also awarded a Churchill Fellowship “to examine strategies for preparing female leaders for the position of Principalship in Australian Schools” and travelled to the United Kingdom and the United States for this study. In 2013, Karen was appointed a Fellow of Bond University and Principal in Residence. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian College of Educators.


Bruce has spent the last 20 years with Davidson Recruitment and in his current role as the Davidson Group CEO, he leads a talented team across Australia and New Zealand dedicated to enhancing workplace performance for clients. He has also been invited to consult to boards and senior executives, to act as a mentor, and speak on both formal and informal occasions. He has previously held the role of Regional Councillor for Finsia.



Colin is passionate about Yalari and the education of Indigenous Children, and is also strongly involved with Robert De Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project and St Jude’s School in Tanzania. He has been a Director of the Abbotsleigh Foundation for 20 years. He is also a member of the Market Governance and Independent Benchmark Committees of the Australian Financial Markets Association. Colin is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

- The management and control of the business and affairs of the Company are vested in the Board. The Board provides direction, control and accountability for the overall governance, strategy and performance of the organisation. The Board delegates the management of the business and affairs of the company to executive management subject to defined principles and certain matters that require the approval of the Board. The delegations ensure executive management has the power to act and enables efficient and effective operation of the company on a day-to day-basis.



Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income For the year ended 31 December 2015

Financial Information for the year ended 31 December 2015 Yalari’s statutory Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2015 has been filed with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and is also available on our website. The Profit and Loss Statement, Statement of Changes in Equity, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement for the year ended, and as at 31 December 2015 are set out on pages 28 and 29.

Dec-15 $

Dec-14 $

Revenue Student sponsorships granted Fundraising events Student development program Operating expenses Profit before income tax Income tax expense Profit for the year

6,190,822 5,802,733 -3,536,098 -3,595,971 -256,314 -247,689 -637,772 -656,628 -1,255,070 -1,164,268 505,568 138,177 505,568 138,177

Other comprehensive income Items Equityof other comprehensive income Income on other items of other comprehensive income Retainedtax earnings


Total Equity Total comprehensive income attributable to members


4,579,405 4,073,837 505,568 138,177

Statement of Changes in Equity Statement of Financial Position

For the year ended 31 December 2015 As at 31 December 2015 Retained Earnings Current BalanceAssets at the beginning of the year Cash and cash equivalents Profit for the year Trade and other receivables Other comprehensive income for the year Other assets Balance at the end of the year Total Current Assets Non - Current Assets Statement Property, plant and equipment

of Cashflows

For the year ended 31 December 2015

Dec-15 Dec-15 $ $

Dec-14 Dec-14 $ $

4,073,837 6,785,137 505,568 257,510168,259 4,579,405 7,210,906

3,935,660 6,934,934 138,177 219,150161,658 4,073,837 7,315,742



Revenue Student sponsorships granted Fundraising events Student development program Operating expenses Profit before income tax Income tax expense Profit for the year

6,190,822 5,802,733 -3,536,098 -3,595,971 -256,314 -247,689 -637,772 -656,628 -1,255,070 -1,164,268 505,568 138,177 505,568 138,177

Other comprehensive income Items of other comprehensive income Income tax on other items of other comprehensive income Total comprehensive income attributable to members





Statement of Financial Position

Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income

As at 31 December 2015

Dec-15 $

Dec-14 $

Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents Trade and other receivables Other assets Total Current Assets

6,785,137 6,934,934 257,510 219,150 168,259 161,658 7,210,906 7,315,742

Non - Current Assets Property, plant and equipment Total Non - Current Assets Total Assets

118,665 152,724 118,665 152,724 7,329,571 7,468,466

Current Liabilities Trade and other payables Other financial liabilities Provisions Deferred revenue Total Current Liabilities

202,013 377,480 7,036 7,563 105,588 71,823 2,429,657 2,896,889 2,744,294 3,353,755 5,872 40,874 5,872 40,874 2,750,166 3,394,629

Net Assets


Equity Retained earnings Total Equity

4,579,405 4,073,837 4,579,405 4,073,837

Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 December 2015

Dec-15 $ Revenue Student sponsorships granted Fundraising events Student development program Operating expenses Profit before income tax Income tax expense Profit for the year

6,190,822 5,802,733 -3,536,098 -3,595,971 -256,314 -247,689 -637,772 -656,628 -1,255,070 -1,164,268 505,568 138,177 505,568 138,177

Other comprehensive income Items of other comprehensive income Income tax on other items of other comprehensive income Total comprehensive income attributable to members

Dec-14 $





Statement of Financial Position

Non-Current Liabilities Provisions Total Non-Current Liabilities Total Liabilities

For the year ended 31 December 2015



As at 31 December 2015

Dec-15 $ Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents Trade and other receivables Other assets Total Current Assets Non - Current Assets Property, plant and equipment

Dec-14 $

6,785,137 6,934,934 257,510 219,150 168,259 161,658 7,210,906 7,315,742 118,665



Since 2005, global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has supported Yalari’s mission of educating and empowering Indigenous children to bring about generational change. HSF believes that all members of society should have equal access to justice and opportunity and are committed to using its expertise, resources and leadership to ensure that equal access to justice and opportunity is a reality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Through financial and in-kind support HSF has provided its legal services, expertise in corporate governance and professional resources to assist Yalari in fulfilling its mission. The Yalari/Herbert Smith Freehills partnership started when legal services were offered to Waverley and Llew, on a pro bono basis, to establish Yalari as a not-for-profit organisation with deductible gift recipient status. The partnership was born from HSF’s Sydney office and has been successfully leveraged to include their Brisbane and Melbourne offices. Over the years (and in addition to legal services), HSF staff have donated their time to assist with tutoring, mentoring, volunteering, assisting with Yalari’s fundraising dinners and providing one-onone business skills and networking advice to the students. It is through joint belief and shared values that the partnership has continued to grow and develop over the past ten years. We are forever grateful to the many hands at HSF who share in our passion for education and empowerment of Indigenous children, and the commitment to generational change.

We look forward to the future; seeing the tangible differences being made by our students not only in their own lives, but in their home communities and to Australia as a whole.


“HSF and Yalari have a long term and



based on a mutual commitment to




Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. HSF values Yalari’s student and community focused approach to providing educational opportunities as a foundation for that change. At an organisational level HSF supports Yalari through the provision of pro bono legal support, financial support, volunteer support (including at Gala Dinners) and in-kind support. HSF staff also support Yalari’s students through mentoring, tutoring and business skills workshops. Our partnership has evolved over many years as HSF relies on Yalari’s expertise to guide us as to how best to offer support.”

Year 12 Pathways Workshop held in Melbourne. Students learnt vital skills including how to study effectively, how to cope with university life and interview techniques. This session being conducted by Lachlan Stonehouse (Change & Communication Manager, HSF).

Brooke Massender Head of Pro Bono & Citizenship, Australia & Asia Pro Bono Counsel Herbert Smith Freehills


Since Yalari first began, the goodwill and financial contributions of our sponsors, donors and supporters has been an integral part of the Yalari story. We are extremely thankful for the role this has played in Yalari’s growth and in the lives of our students. Yalari’s partners make a tangible difference in bringing about positive, sustainable change for Indigenous children by empowering them through the gift of education. We highly value the commitment of each Yalari partner, sponsor or donor. Relationships are developed and nurtured so they are mutually beneficial. We sincerely and humbly thank everyone who has contributed financially to Yalari and to those who donate their time and resources in any way.

Alan & Liz Hay

Barlow Foundation

Amelia Eliza Holland Trust

Claire Nontapan Smith

Anthony Miller

The O’Donohue Family

Arthur Earle Youth Foundation

Colin & Leree Roden Campbell Edwards Trust

Dan Pittorino, Luke Sullivan and Simon Calleia Fiona & Richard East Fiona Watson Recruitment

Gailey Lazarus Foundation H & J Davies Foundation J & B Hay Philanthropic Foundation Jonathan Coghill

Judith Musgrave Family Foundation Louise Gourlay Lucy Godlee Margaret & John Wright


There is no greater gift than providing a child with an

education that will last a lifetime. There are many ways to support Yalari and contribute to the education and empowerment of the next generation of Indigenous young Australians.







To find out more, visit www.yalari.org.

Mia Foundation

Paul and Judy Williams

Rosey Kids Foundation

Steve & Di McCready

Trevor & Jan Olsen

Mitch & Samantha Ogilvie

Peta Seymour Foundation

Sarah Brockhoff

Susan & Ian Mackie

Naphtali Family Foundation

Garry & Jill-Anne Whyte

Sarah Darling

The Bryan Foundation

Robert Wilson

Stan & Maureen Duke Foundation

The Leroy & Joy Brauer Foundation

Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Diversity Foundation

Amanda Flynn Memorial Scholarship

Rory Robertson


Taleyah Hippi Year 8 “I have loved every moment of boarding school at Kambala. Next year I am looking forward to completing another year of school and learning new things.”

Ratu Davui Year 10 “The best subject for me at the moment is Physics. It is by far the best of the sciences I like; it’s a cross between chemistry and engineering with a bit of mathematics. Next year I am looking forward to starting my Business Diploma. I would like to thank my sponsors for another great year. Your support encourages me to do better, work harder and try new things.”

John Baxter Year 10 “I am very proud of my academic success this year and hope to continue to improve. My favourite subjects this year were English, Business and Ancient Roman History. English and Business are necessary for the future, and Roman History keeps me intrigued.”

Jabreeni Fogarty Year 12 “2015 has been an exciting year. I have been focusing on doing well and applying for scholarships for University. I recently found out I have been accepted to Bond University. I would like to thank my sponsor for supporting me over my time here at The Southport School. I am really grateful as it has set me up for an important part of my life and shaped me into who I am.”

Kiirra Bligh Year 7 “Thank you for your sponsorship, it has turned my life around. I have learnt a lot of interesting things and have enjoyed the opportunities to be a part of different activities and sports.”

Nelson Foster Year 11 “I have been able to do so many things that are not available back home, all because of boarding at Saints. Yalari has had a huge impact and what they do is incredible for young Indigenous students. Knowing there are hundreds of other students that are able to do the same as me, the same as anyone else, not being disadvantaged, makes me proud. I’m grateful for having this education and being a part of Yalari.”

Lorrae Kennedy Year 12 “I am looking forward to 2016 and will hopefully attend university to study a Bachelor of Business. I am proud to have graduated from Kinross Wolaroi School as a Yalari scholar. I would like to thank you for the opportunity that has been given to me to achieve new things and for the experiences I have gained.”

Tanaya Hood Year 11 “I am proud of myself this year as I never imagined that I would make it this far on this amazing journey with Yalari and my education. I feel that I have become a better role model within the past twelve months. I have also learnt many new skills which have helped me improve my grades and my study habits. I love the new things I’ve learnt at Geelong Grammar School.”

Mene | Summah Bedford-McGinty | Syrana Glenn | Taleyah Hippi | Tanaya Hood | Tarrena Buckle | Tathra Lowe | Taylah Cubillo | Tearnee Lewington | Tekishea Murrungun | Tenika Roe | Tex Garstone | Tileah McGrady | Toby McGovern-Cubby | Toby Saunders | Tori-Lee Cain | Tramaine Laterre | Trey Petterson | Tye Bedford | Tyeena Pang | Tyesha Armstrong | Tyrese Carr-White | Yarryn Lewington | Yukio Chaplin | Zainel BinBusu | Zamahl BinBusu | Zanna Palmer | Zarleigh Jones | Bryce O’Neil-Baker | Matthew Allwood | Tom LeBrocq | Thomas Holland | Kurt Hector-Jones | Zillah Larry | Nellee Bond | Nicholas Ruttley | Jake Houghton | Samara Whaleboat | Haryne Uta | Robert Reckenberg | Jordan E llis | Anzack Newman | Ebonie Sadler-Small | Branden Ramsamy | Lincoln Childs | Christine Kawane | Amber Phineasa | Jarrad Penfold | Sadiar Foster | Frank Mara | Shannan Bishop | Stacey Conrad | Rory Vocale | Jamie Sampson | Colin Hammond-Tighe | Trae Allen | E lijah Weston | Kyol Blakeney | Jack Watson | Emma Pope | William Turk | Jake Sampson | Nadia Martich | Allira Searle | Mitchell Whiteley | Dean Blunden | Peter Ah Sam | Shaun Edwards | Mikayla Roe | Juanita Whaleboat | Shannon Ponter | Arielle Vocale | Dominic Craig | Emily Turk | Mitchell McGovern | Jodi Lamb | Eric Law | Tyson Holloway-Clarke | Kashaunica Stanley | Will Munro | Brody Lelievre | Tyneal Johnson | Mickayla Allen | Townson Uta | Ian Brown | Raier Blakeney | Emma Mumbulla | Brandon Bonney | Jaidon Schafer | Tegan Whitfield | Hannah Ranby | Todd E llis | Arnold Murray | Michael Noah | Salasei McCarthy | Cori Summers | Marley Holloway-Clarke | Robert Palm | George McCormick | Tristan Yamashita | Shauna Sandow | Rickelle Peris | E lizabeth Mahon | Alex Barker | Lincoln Whiteley | Denzel Tighe | Brandon Skeen | Madeleine Conrad | Samuel Weston | Indy Peters | Tarla Rapson | Kaleishia Ross | Julia Malamoo | Logan Taylor | Brandon Harradine | Kayla Brown | Taneale Lawton | Jedd Vocale | Kyle Smith | K’Tahni Pridham | Zac Collins-Widders | Lyall Houghton | Beau Petterson | Ashley Hudson | Jackson Shearer | Kahlisha Austral | Tyus Arndt | Danika Green | Tiah Vocale | Rhianna Pitt | Shaquille Close-Knight | Bradley McAdam | Curtley Oakley | Ezekiel Stanley | Liam Longbottom | Della Bedford


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