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Educating Indigenous Children

YALARI NEWS

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Issue 44 | Spring 2019

KUMBARNING

“Sp rin g to Summ er”


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Waverley Stanley AM (right) with Yalari graduate Zanna Palmer and her family

FOUNDING DIRECTOR Educating Indigenous Children

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Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality, secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.

Waverley Stanley AM

I am very grateful each day for the purpose that Llew and I have been blessed with. My life, and our combined purpose, allows us to see and receive the “very best” from everyday Australians that believe in the ideal of Yalari and know that we are making a difference. Congratulations to the Class of 2019, our Year 12 graduates who now embark on their own individual journeys, but also join Yalari alumni’s combined journey in the pursuit of their own dreams and goals. We wish you all the very best for the future.

Our mission is to educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change.

To all our children — congratulations on another year of your educational journey, flourishing from the many experiences that will add value to your life now and into the future. To our alumni — thanks for being the change that we will see in the future; paying it forward for others through your courage and perseverance.

Our vision is to provide trusted, quality educational opportunities for Indigenous children to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families and make valuable contributions as Australians.

To all our wonderful and sincere supporters, sponsors, donors, friends, family members, community organisations and volunteers — thanks for your contributions in advancing the education of Indigenous children at independent boarding schools.

Core Values: Compassion, Openness, Respect, Resilience, Inclusiveness and Excellence.

www.yalari.org YALARI LIMITED PO BOX 1355 Oxenford QLD 4210 P: 07 5665 8688 F: 07 5665 8611 E: info@yalari.org W: www.yalari.org ABN: 66 113 794 148 ACN: 113 794 148 Yalari is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

Yalari respects our Elders, past and present, and acknowledges that the Yalari office is on Kombumerri country within the lands of the Yugambeh language group.

I sincerely thank the Yalari board members and staff for your time, your commitment, your work ethic and your encouragement, adding value to our children, alumni and to Yalari as a whole. In 2020, we have 53 new children starting their senior schooling at one of our 24 partner schools and we look forward to welcoming them to the Yalari family.

Wishing everyone a very safe and happy festive season and I look forward to celebrating our 15th birthday with you all next year.

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation - J F Kennedy

Kumbarning “Spring to Summer” Source: Australian Aboriginal Words and Their Place Names

Cover Image: Peter Sambono, Yalari scholar and Year 7 student at John Paul College

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Thank You, Sue McNeil Our long-serving Student Support Officer in Albany, Sue McNeil is calling-it-a-day and heading into retirement.

2019 Yalari Perth Celebration (L to R): Llew Mullins, Karen Harvey, Mariah Lennard (Yr 9 student at Great Southern Grammar), Sue McNeil and Waverley Stanley

DATES TO REMEMBER December 2019

A high school teacher by trade, Sue has worked in the education sector for over 40 years. She has made invaluable contributions to the education of generations of children.

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Sue, thank you for your hard work, dedication and commitment to being a friend and mentor to our Indigenous students. We are sure they will miss you as much as we will!

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Yalari office reopens

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2021 scholarship applications open

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Yalari Orientation Camp

The Southport School students, Damon Germon and Taj Krasna were delighted to meet rugby league legend, Wally Lewis at the TSS Foundation breakfast recently. Damon said, “it was a great day where Mr Lewis told stories and lessons of his life and it was a real privilege to meet him”.

Yalari office closes for Christmas break

January 2020

April 2020 30th

2021 Scholarship Applications Close

May 2020 Sydney students were treated to a fun day of swimming, footy, mixing and mingling at their recent get-together. They were also chuffed to catch up with Llew and Waverley who happened to be in the area!

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2020 Yalari Adelaide Dinner

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2020 Yalari Sydney Dinner

SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND MUSTER!

Yalari supporters Denise and Anthony Benjamin again opened their home to our Queensland scholars for a day of leisure and fun. They provided a great range of activities included swimming, volleyball, basketball, cards and koits! It was a great opportunity for the students to catch-up and connect with their Yalari peers.

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S T U D ENT UP DATES

AND ACHIEVEMENTS!

Yalari scholars continue to work hard, dream big... and achieve! Caleb Laifoo, Year 9 at The Southport School, was selected in the Qld Reds Maroon team to compete in the Junior Gold Cup Northern Conference in Brisbane.

Year 7 St Hilda’s School student, Caidence Purcell received the Most Improved Player Award for the 2019 netball season.

Year 11 The Southport School student Kiira Bligh has been elected as Delpratt House ViceCaptain for 2020.

Year 11 Kinross Wolaroi student, Jade Joliffe completed a critical thinking course which enables her to gain early entry into Macquarie University in 2021.

Keenan Kennedy, Year 9 student at Scotch College Adelaide, won his under 14s grand final club game for Colonel Light Gardens and was awarded ‘Best On-ground’. He was cheered on by his fellow Yalari scholars.

Leilani Fuller, Year 7 student at Methodist Ladies’ College Perth, received the most valuable player award at her netball grand final. Her mum was there to cheer her on!

First in QCE-OP! Year 12 Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) student Lachlan Toovey, received the First in QCE-OP which is awarded to the highest achieving student in the OP Class of 2019. He also received the Senior School Academic Award and the Senior School All Round Excellence Award. Congratulations on an outstanding achievement, Lach! Year 12 St Hilda’s School student, Darcie Sexton received the Non Nobis Solum Award. This award is reserved for students who have demonstrated commitment to the school motto, “not for ourselves alone”.

Year 12 students at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview, Ezekiel Billy and Shuaib RhodesSwain have both been recognised at Riverview’s Valete Ceremony. Ezekiel received The Rachel Ward Indigenous Award for Leadership and Shuaib received the Molly Gillhooley Prize for Indigenous Academic Achievement.

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Kailani Bartlett, Year 7 student at Abbotsleigh, received a distinction award for the Big Science Competition.

Yalari Scholarships for Indigenous Children

Year 7 Clayfield College student Mistique Beresford, received the Academic Resilience Award at the Clayfield College Speech Night.

Nevaeh Mills, Year 7 student at Clayfield College, received awards for her achievements in gymnastics and netball.

Yalari is looking for students and families who believe that education is the key to providing a better future for Indigenous people in Australia. Boarding school scholarship applications are open to Indigenous children who live in regional, rural or remote areas of Australia and who will be starting Year 7 in 2021. Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) students Moigida Loban (left), Matao Bonney (middle) and Connor McGovern-Cubby were recognised for their art works. Moigida was awarded best overall art student for Years 7-9, Matao received the Year 10 Excellence in Art award and Connor was awarded the Year 10 emerging artist award. Saffron Sandow, Year 7 student at The Glennie School, was awarded the Under 13s Most Valuable Award for the 2019 netball season. Pictured with her student support officer, Kashuanica Stanley.

Our scholarships are awarded to students who are willing to give 100%, try hard at everything they do, don’t give up when things get hard and are brave and determined enough to succeed at boarding school. We work closely with our students, families and partner schools to provide a high level of support in all aspects of student welfare. Scholarship information including the application pack (for scholarships commencing in 2021) will be available online at www.yalari.org from 6 January 2020. Applications close Thursday 30 April 2020. Not sure what to do or have some questions? Please call Kylie Bennett on (07) 5665 8688 and she will be happy to guide you through the application process. Yalari News - “Kumbarning” Spring to Summer | 5


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AND ACHIEVEMENTS!

Yalari scholars continue to work hard, dream big... and achieve! Faith Bin Omar, Year 7 at Great Southern Grammar School Albany has been elected and appointed as boarding house leader for 2020.

Tenika Roe, Year 12 student at Scotch College Adelaide, has been awarded the Vocational Education Prize and the highly coveted Oughton Family Prize. The Oughton Family Prize is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a desire and willingness to work on improving their success in: •

the academic program;

the co-curricular program;

contribution to the general life of the college; and

showing growth and personal improvement in their intra and interpersonal skills.

Year 8 St Catherine’s School student, Wayahpo Manolis received the Junior Boarding Award for her participation and contribution to the life of the Boarding House.

Congratulations Tenika! Well done and well deserved!

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Dreaming, believing inspiring and achieving

SAVE THE DATE: Yalari’s 15th Birthday Celebration Together, we have created opportunities for Indigenous children to learn, dream and achieve through the power of a quality education. We would love to welcome you to one of our very special events to celebrate this remarkable milestone and acknowledge our continued commitment to creating positive change for Indigenous children, their families and their communities.

ADELAIDE Thursday 8 May 2020 Pullman Hotel Adelaide 2007 - Presbyterian Ladies College, Armidale 6 | Yalari News - “Kumbarning” Spring to Summer 2019

SYDNEY Friday 22 May 2020 Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

BRISBANE Friday 24 July 2020 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


Experience Day Careers of the future will take expertise and passion in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – STEM. In order to create exposure to these types of careers and new ways of thinking for our students, Yalari and professional services company Turner & Townsend (T&T), developed a STEM Experience Day for Yalari scholarship students in years 7 – 9 from our Sydney based partner schools. Participants were given an insight to a variety of STEM based careers through a series of interactive activities in addition to presentations from experts in the field. In collaboration with NSW Transport, 12 students spent the day at the Sydney Metro training facilities. After Acknowledgement of Country, they were introduced to T&T HR Director — Dave Rokesky, Managing Director — Anooj Oodit, as well as Yalari alumnus, Jaxon Petterson who is currently an Infrastructure Cadet at T&T while studying a Bachelor of Construction Project Management at the University of Technology Sydney.

Information Modelling, and the opportunity to virtually drive a train using the Sydney Metro Train Driving Simulator, which is also used to prepare train driving employees. The day was a great success with students sharing excitement in new career possibilities for the future. A special thank you to Turner and Townsend and Sydney Metro for their support.

Throughout the day, students were given the opportunity to complete STEM challenges and engage in experiential learning. Students most enjoyed the Virtual Reality and Building

Yalari supporter Jemima Myer, recently took part in the Melbourne Marathon Festival while selecting Yalari as her fundraising charity. Jemima not only made it to the finishing line but in doing so, raised an amazing $2,640 for Indigenous education. A huge shout-out to Jemima and her incredible band of friends and supporters who helped her reach her fundraising target. Thank you all for contributing to the education and empowerment of Indigenous children around Australia!

and our new students can’t wait! It’s always great to see our new students getting ready for their big adventure next year and trying on their school uniforms! We always see an interesting array of footwear to compliment the oversized uniforms, which we know they will grow into in no time!

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A LU M N I U P D AT E

Encouraging positive mental health for Indigenous youth Hey Everyone, my name is Kaleishia Ross. I am from Katherine in the Northern Territory. In 2010, I was awarded the Yalari Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship and graduated from Scotch College, Adelaide in 2014. I currently work at headspace in Katherine and I am the Aboriginal Wellbeing Worker. Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation that provides early intervention to young people between 12 and 25 years. The service covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drugs. My role is to provide responsive, culturally appropriate and safe support to young Aboriginal people experiencing difficulties in accessing mental health care. This includes the consideration of mental health and social difficulties, intergenerational trauma, alcohol and drug issues and engagement in education or employment, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. I am required to assist with referrals and engagement with private providers at headspace Katherine. I love that I have been given this opportunity to further my skills and to expand my understanding and knowledge on mental health. With the stigma of mental health issues we as Aboriginal people face, I encourage my people to receive the support they need. I maintain a healthy headspace by being active and playing a range of sports, keeping connected to my family, friends and culture. I also take the time to balance work, sleep and being a mum. L to R: Llew Mullins, baby Juluma and Kaleishia Ross

Kaleishia’s education at Scotch College, Adelaide was proudly sponsored by Santos (www.santos.com)

Well Done Calvin! Yalari alumnus and St Peter’s College, Adelaide graduate (2018) Calvin Hunter recently began his new role as Club Leader at World Vision Australia in his home town of Derby WA. Calvin engages in activities with youth aged 12-18 to help them better their community.

Congratulations Jondy! Yalari alumna and current Bond University student, Jondayah Martin (Class of 2017, St Margaret’s College Brisbane), has been selected as a representative at the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) International Model United Nations. The three day conference aims to provide students and educators with the most realistic simulation of the United Nations by utilising proper and accurate UN Rules of Procedures. The opportunity will see her travel to New York and Washington in February 2020.

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Supporting Indigenous youth through corporate internship opportunities

Our Pathways

The Yalari Pathways Program provides a formal structure to support Yalari students and alumni in their transition to higher education, vocational training and employment. Any student who has partially or fully completed their scholarship becomes a member of the Yalari alumni. The Yalari Pathways Program supports alumni through further development and employment opportunities in addition to personal, career and leadership development, including an Internship Program and Gap Year Program. An internship aims to support a student’s transition from study to work, providing insight and experience into the professional world.

In September, Yalari welcomed its first participant to the Yalari Pathways Internship Program. Yalari alumna and John Paul College graduate (2018), Sarah-Cait Kirkland commenced her internship at the Yalari office on the Gold Coast. The course curriculum enables her to gain valuable on-thejob experience across all areas of the organisation. “Being an intern at Yalari is providing me with an array of new experiences,” Sarah explains.

“I’m excited to work with Yalari and gain more experience. I can pay it forward by being a small part of the organisation that continues to enrich more and more Indigenous students around Australia each year,” Lyric says. The Yalari staff also enjoy having the alumni in the office — learning about their experiences, listening to their stories and getting to know them individually. “I cannot wait to see where life takes me from here but I remain extremely grateful for this opportunity and will volunteer my time when I can. Thank you Yalari team!” Sarah-Cait says.

“Seeing Yalari operate from the perspective of a staff member rather than a student has given me a large amount of insight into the operations of a business. I’ve learnt new skills that will enable me to further develop my employability for future jobs.” Although interested in owning her own business in the future, Sarah-Cait is returning to study at Griffith University in 2020, undertaking a Bachelor in Education majoring in Physical Education and Commerce. November saw Yalari welcome its second intern to the program. Alumna and Canberra Girls’ Grammar school graduate (2016), Lyric Hearn is also taking advantage of the internship opportunity. Lyric is currently studying a Cert IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention through TAFE Queensland with the aim of becoming a social worker in the future. Her internship with Yalari will allow her to complete the work experience module of the course and teach her valuable skills. Yalari News - “Kumbarning” Spring to Summer | 9


YAL ARI STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM

CLASS OF 2019 Yalari graduates celebrate in style! The annual Yalari Graduation Ceremony is a celebration of success, resilience, mateship and community, and we were proud to welcome another 19 Yalari graduates into our ever expanding alumni community. For the first time, the ceremony was held at Parliament House in Canberra where students were joined by sponsors, family members and Yalari staff. Yalari alumna and 2013 Geelong Grammar School graduate, Salasei McCarthy directed proceedings as Master of Ceremonies and was delighted to be involved in awarding the 2019 Yalari Valedictorian to Kambala student, Monique Laurie. Monique was awarded the top honour due to her extraordinary leadership and mentoring qualities, her commitment to Yalari and Kambala communities and her overall exemplary attitude. “Thank you Waverley and Llew for giving me this opportunity to stand before you all as Yalari Valedictorian for 2019. It gives me great pride to have been chosen out of my amazing cohort and it is a real honour to be speaking to you all today,” Monique said.

Class of 2019 with Yalari alumna, Salasei McCarthy

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Adan Taat

Darcie Sexton

Declan Harry

Monique Laurie

Renekka Narkle

“There are no words to express our gratitude for all that Yalari has done and continues to do. We can only hope to make you proud with continuing to make a difference in this world.” The formal ceremony was followed by an intimate lunch where students were able to reflect on their six-year boarding school journey with their fellow Yalari scholars and sponsors. The graduates then boarded buses and headed for the snowfields. Delightful weather was enjoyed over the weekend as students took part snowboarding, skiing and tobogganing. For many, it was the first time they had seen snow. Although this was the last official Yalari event for the students, it is certainly not the end of the road for friendships and connections made between the group. It’s not the end of their journey with Yalari either. The Pathways team have been busy working with our Year 12s to help them with the transition from being a Yalari scholar to life after school.

Llew Mullins, Monique Laurie and Waverley Stanley AM


Eli-Blake Gillon

Shahleena Martin

Ezekiel Billy

Shuaib Rhodes-Swain

Indira Laifoo

Taleyah Hippi

Klaudia Farnham

Tenika Roe

Lachlan Toovey

Toby McGovern-Cubby

Lakotta Miller

Liam Saunders

Tori-Lee Cain

Zanna Palmer

Many of the graduates are heading straight to university, with others starting apprenticeships and traineeships. Some have elected to work with Yalari partner schools as gap year students, helping the younger students navigate the same journey that they are about to finish. Congratulations to every member of our graduating class of 2019. We wish you all the best of luck; to pursue your dreams, enjoy your lives and make a positive difference in our world.

Thank You

Indira Laifoo and her sponsor, Gretchen Richards from Babcock

I’ve definitely faced some obstacles along the way, but being a part of the Yalari family has pushed me to

Thank you to the many generous sponsors of students in our graduating class, including: Australian Government Anglo American Babcock Colin Roden

“This journey hasn’t been easy and

Earle Foundation Peta Seymour Foundation Rosey Kids Foundation Stan & Maureen Duke Foundation

succeed and do the best I can.” Monique Laurie 2019 Yalari Valedictorian

Klaudia Farnham and her family

The 2019 Yalari Graduation Ceremony at Parliament House was proudly sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills.

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YA L A R I PA RT N E R S C H O O L S

a shared by Charlie Scudamore, Geelong Grammar School - Vice Principal The education of Yalari students in Independent boarding schools throughout the nation is not just focussing on the Indigenous students within a school. I have said on many occasions that Yalari students and the highlighting of Indigenous matters educates the entire school community. Let me give you just one example of this. During Term 4, I received this wonderful e-mail from a member of staff: ‘I thought I would share with you an incredible story about the power and impact of having Indigenous Scholars attend GGS. Sarah* graduated in 2018 and had some challenging, yet humbling experiences with our indigenous students. Sarah knows too well about some of her comments and opinions about Aboriginal people. Anyway, the mother of the student almost ran me down yesterday to tell me that Sarah has been working in the Kimberley town of Kununurra. She loves it, has made some of the best friends she has ever had, and is now considering changing her Uni

preferences to WA. I have no idea what prompted her to do this; but I do know when she started at the Corio Campus in Year 10 after a year at Timbertop, she changed her opinions and clearly now her behaviours.’ Geelong Grammar School’s Indigenous Programme is for the benefit of all. The Programme is not only focussed on students with an Indigenous heritage. It is aimed to heighten the awareness and broaden the knowledge associated with Indigenous culture, tradition, customs and history of every person connected to our community. We are delighted our four Year 12 Yalari students, Zanna Palmer, Klaudia Farnham, Eli Gillon and Declan Harry, as well as Brodie Murray, a non-Yalari scholar, have graduated. We continue to work closely with Yalari in an open, transparent and collaborative relationship that has provided students with a supportive environment, one in which we encourage each child to develop aspirational goals, to imagine

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a positive future and, above all else, give each a genuine sense of hope. However, we are equally delighted when we receive e-mails such as the one aforementioned. Geelong Grammar School celebrates diversity. We ask all to accept and embrace the differences that enrich this community. We are all part of a shared humanity. This humanity has been reflected in so many ways throughout the year through the good work of so many people. We have celebrated and learned together. Reconciliation means a coming together of people when harm has been caused, through honesty, understanding and compassion. Australia is still searching for a way to truly support reconciliation with its Indigenous peoples, which is why the story of one child being transformed through our programme was shared by many. It is only one person, but it gives hope to many. *

Not her real name


GEELONG GRAMMAR SCHOOL Geelong Grammar School is one of Australia’s leading independent schools with campuses at Corio, Newtown (Bostock House), Timbertop and Toorak. It is a co-educational boarding and day school which caters for 1,500 students from Pre-school to Year 12, including 800 boarders from Years 5 to 12. The school’s philosophy includes their purpose: to intersect the science of learning and the art of teaching to shape a better world.

New students in 2020

Current Yalari Scholars

Yalari Alumni

Partnership formed

Yalari’s core business is to empower Indigenous children from remote, rural and regional areas of Australia through our secondary educational scholarships. It is only through the valuable support from our partner schools that we can start to bring about generational change for our students, their families and their communities. Working together toward this common goal is imperative for the maturity of our country as we move towards a more just and equitable society. Thank you to Principal, Rebecca Cody and Vice-Principal, Charlie Scudamore for their unwavering support and commitment to the development of all children in our community. - Waverley Stanley, Founding Director - Yalari

Geelong Grammar School Jodene Garstone Class of 2016

Jodene is studying a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) Majoring in Human Security: Conflict, Displacement & Peace Building and International Security Studies at Australian National University (ANU). She will graduate in 2020.

Rory Vocale Class of 2011 Rory earned a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Australian Catholic University. He is currently employed at St George’s Health Service (St Vincent’s Hospital) as a cardiorespiratory student physiotherapist (ICU).

Elijah Weston Class of 2011

Elijah completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Corporate Finance and Business) at the University of Canberra and is currently working in the finance industry.

Lakeycha Farnham-Moore Class of 2018 Educating Indigenous Children

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Salasei McCarthy Class of 2013

Geelong Grammar School old

Salasei is a public servant working in the Australian Department of Health where she is looking to move into the Indigenous Health Division so she can be more active in Indigenous health policy to work towards closing the gap.

girl and Yalari alumna, Shanice Flemming is working as an Aboriginal Islander Education Officer at Cable Beach Primary School in the suburban area of

Broome.

The

Lakeycha is studying a Bachelor of Arts (extended) at the University of Melbourne. She has also joined the Yalari Alumni Program as a volunteer.

student

population is 70% Indigenous.

Koby Sellings Class of 2018

After being named as a finalist in 2018, her school was awarded the WA Premier’s Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award for 2019. This award recognises schools that work actively to improve education outcomes for Aboriginal students. With strong leadership, all staff work together and pursue innovations to create positive school experiences where every student reaches their potential.

Koby is working fulltime at Lakes Entrance Primary School as an Indigenous mentor. Koby is commencing a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Woolongong in 2020.

Image courtesy of: Cable Beach Primary School

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YAL ARI EVENTS

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Celebration

Ezekiel Billy and Kaleb Taylor

EV ENTS

Over the past three months, Yalari has hosted fundraising dinners in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. These were in addition to our Sydney Dinner which was held earlier in the year. Our fundraising dinners offer us an important opportunity to gather together and celebrate the many milestones and successes achieved by our students. It is also a time to recognise the valuable contribution of Yalari’s vast network of friends, supporters and partners who together, are making an incredible difference in the lives of Indigenous children.

Melbourne Guests: 350 | Venue: Leonda By The Yarra Australia | When: 15 August

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our events this year, in any way. We look forward to welcoming you again in 2020 as we celebrate 15 years of creating opportunities for Indigenous children and their communities. RAISED AT YALARI DINNERS IN 2019

$650,495

THANK YOU A very special thank you to our event partners in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

The team from corporate sponsors, Commercial Eyes, with their sponsored student Cassandra Peris (Year 9, Geelong Grammar School)

Event Partners Winner of the Herbert Smith Freehills Achievement Awards: Event Partners Aaliyah Blackaby - Resilience Award (Year 10, Geelong Grammar School), Zanna Palmer - Leadership Award (Year 12, Geelong EventGrammar Partners School)

Thank You! Melbourne Celebration - Corporate Tables

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Brisbane Perth

Guests: 540 | Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre | When: 18 October

Guests: 250 | Venue: The University Club of WA | When: 13 September

5 Long-term supporters Di and Steve McCready with Year 8 Churchie student Emil Willie-Jawai (Left) and Year 11 Churchie student Noah Smith

Corporate Tables

Willy and Mimi Packer with their sponsored student, Year 7 Methodist Ladies College student Harmony Bellotti

Winner of the Yalari Western Australia Achievement Awards: Mariah Lennard - Resilience Award (Year 10, Great Southern Grammar School), Harmony Bellotti - Leadership Award (Year 7, Methodist Ladies College, Perth)

Winner of Herbert Smith Freehills Achievement Awards: Nadia Seriat - Leadership Award (Year 11, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School), Shauna Dhagapan - Resilience Award (Year 10, John Paul College)5

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Thank You! Perth Celebration - Corporate Tables

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YALARI CORE VALUES

Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. I never imagined all of the things it would open my eyes to.

Compassion Openness Respect

- Kayla Jackson

Resilience Inclusiveness Excellence

Yalari Year 9 scholar and St Catherine’s School student, Kayla Jackson and her sponsor Vicki Hanman. Vicki and her family are the proud sponsors of four Yalari students.

Big hearts make big dreams happen... ‘ D y i ray g a’

To Give (Wiradjuri Language) It takes a whole community to educate a child and the Yalari community is made up of many special, generous and compassionate people. Compassion is about having the ability to focus on the needs of others. It’s about having empathy for another’s situation or experience and encouraging, motivating and supporting them. But it’s also about taking action to ensure Indigenous children have the right to learn, dream, achieve and succeed. Turn your compassion into action and allow our children the opportunity to make positive contributions as valued members of our society.

This festive season, make a donation and be a part of a special community creating positive change by empowering Indigenous children through education.

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