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Issue 33 | September 2016

Educating Indigenous Children




Year 9 Girls Outback Camp (left to right): Tori, Renekka, Lakotta, Waverley and Sophia

FOUNDING DIRECTOR Educating Indigenous Children 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. Our mission is to educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change. 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. Core Values: Respect, Compassion, Resilience, Openness, Inclusiveness. YALARI LIMITED PO BOX 1355 Oxenford QLD 4210 P: 07 5665 8688 F: 07 5665 8611 E: W: ABN: 66 113 794 148 ACN: 113 794 148 Yalari is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Copyright © 2016 Yalari Limited. All rights reserved. The information contained in this newsletter is for general information purposes only. The opinions and interpretations expressed within are those of the author only and may not reflect those of other identified parties. Every effort is made to ensure that information is accurate at time of printing.

2016 rolls on for Yalari with the celebrations for our Class of 2016. 32 graduates attended the Yalari Graduation Ceremony at Duntroon Military College in Canberra before a weekend in the snow, without me, because “I don’t do snow!” Seriously though, with many of the graduating students’ sponsors in attendance, for me the celebration was a time of emotional joy as I looked at each of the students’ faces and considered their journey so far; from when I first interviewed them as very young children, to the educated and proud young adults they are today. My heart has high hopes for the full, contributing and extraordinary lives they will lead. I’m writing this from Katherine, in the Northern Territory, having completed most of the student interviews for the year with the help of Karen Harvey and Gary O’Brien from our Student Support team.

family. I’m humbled by their faith in us. We promise to do our very best looking after their children, some as young as 11 years old, as they hold their breath, fight back the tears and watch their child walk off towards a bold and brave future. In 2017, we will offer over 40 new schoarships, the most we have offered in many years. With two very successful gala dinners in Sydney and Melbourne, and some extremely generous guests, many of those students have sponsors for their entire secondary education. We also have our Brisbane and Adelaide dinners coming up and, if history is anything to go on, we know just how generous the guests in those cities are too! Thank you to the sponsors of our graduating class who have now decided to sponsor a new student in 2017, starting the exciting journey all over again.

For over ten years, I have had the privilege of travelling this beautiful great southern land, interviewing and talking to children and family members all over Australia. I mean it. It is a real privilege and I am indebted to our organisation for allowing me to do this as part of my “position description”. However, I do not take this responsibility lightly. Indigenous families open their homes, their lives, their hopes, their fears and their hearts to me, and to our Yalari

Cover Image: Year 12 students Jodene Garstone (Geelong Grammar School) and Nathan Geno (St Augustine’s College Cairns). 2 • Yalari Quarterly Newsletter - September 2016 •

Graduate Amelia Mitchell Waverley and Year 12

UPCOMING EVENTS Upcoming Yalari events and student activities.



Yalari Brisbane Fundraising Dinner


Yalari Adelaide Fundraising Dinner


Yalari Head Office Closes for Christmas Break


Friday night Footy! St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School students cheered-on the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium again the Panthers!

Go girls!

Well done to John Paul College students Shauna and Hayley who recently participated in the interschools athletics carnival. Hayley scored second place in the 100m!




Yalari Head Office Reopens 2018 Scholarship Applications Open


On 20 July, Yalari hosted a breakfast at the Tattersalls Club Brisbane featuring guest speaker Wayne Bennett. It wasn’t just the Yalari students who were in awe as Wayne delivered a passionate, empowering and motivating speech. Many of the corporate attendees agreed it was an event well worth getting up early for!

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family, came out to welcome us,” says Renekka when speaking of the girls camp. “Bayden taught us ways we could

Yalari’s Year 9 students have returned from the June-July Outback Camps truly inspired. From making connections with remote communities, to witnessing the majesty of Uluru, the trip gave them a chance to connect with the land, forge new friendships and reflect on the unique education opportunity they are receiving. Here’s a wrap-up of what happened during their respective camps, told in the words of five of our ‘Outback campers’!

day one

The anxious yet excited teenagers touched down in Alice Springs and spent the afternoon touring Anzac Hill Lookout and Todd Mall. “Sunday was all about getting to know the boys around us, it was the start of what would be a week of cultural and self-exploration,” says Churchie student, Lachlan Toovey. “Driving around Alice Springs wasn’t quite like I thought it would be, I imagined it to have more desert!” Great Southern Grammar School Student, Renekka Narkle says. On that first night the students settled into MacDonald Range Holiday Park and enjoyed a delicious BBQ dinner.

day two

“After a good night’s sleep we met up with a couple of late arrivals and set off, armed with a troopy full of boys and an eagerness to explore. We stopped off at Hermannsburg for a snack and a tour of the historical precinct,” explains Lachlan. It was in Hermannsburg that everyone was treated to yummy scones and apple strudel, but it seemed the cultural significance of their surroundings seemed far more important. “This was one of my favourite parts of the camp, seeing the historical buildings, how the Aboriginal people worked together to help each other with farming and seeing some other missions,” reveals St Peter’s College Adelaide student, Adan Taat.




“We then drove out to Palm Valley for the night where the traditional owner of the land, Bayden Williams and his

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respect the land, told us stories about his ancestors and about a white dingo that stays there. That night, it poured down with rain, but I was so interested in seeing this dingo I stayed awake until I saw it,” reveals Abbotsleigh student Frances Dutton.


day three

“We set out for Ormiston Gorge and went on our first walk. We saw amazing views and sites,” tells Lachlan about the boys camp. “It was the best time I have ever had, the walk was tough but once we reached the top the view was incredible. The river crossing the water was so cold that your legs felt like so many needles were stabbing them,” says Adan. Following the fun and exhaustion of the day’s events, the students set up camp at Ormiston Gorge and settled in for a night of activities. “We played spotlight in a riverbank and on the way back we laid down and watched the stars,” Frances remembers.

‘White Dingo’

day FOUR

On the dawn of day four, everyone eagerly packed up and headed to Areyonga Community. “We toured the Art Centre and after that some cute kids that lived in the community came up to us. We talked to them, got photos and played a game with them,” says Renekka. The groups then made their way to Kings Creek Station where they stayed the night playing games around the campfire and eating smores. “I loved the Outback Camp with the other Year 9 girls because I got to know them better and listen to stories they had to tell about their schools and experiences of boarding. I was really interested to hear about the different communities they all come from and to see that while we are all Yalari girls, we are all very different,” says St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School student, Sophia Mene.

day FIVE


“We did a little walk into the Valley at Kings Canyon. We also stopped at the Mt Connor Lookout and enjoyed watching boys jump off sand dunes and struggle to land. At this point everyone was excited knowing how close to Uluru we were,” says Lachlan. The girls headed to Kings Canyon to do the Rim Walk. “We arrived and had to walk up 500 stairs or something like that. It was so hard getting up those stairs but it was a really pretty place,” says Renekka. The students ended the day enjoying a snack while watching the sunset over Uluru. They could barely contain their excitement for what was ahead.


day SIX

The second last day is what some might consider to be the pinnacle of the camp. It is when the students get to experience the phenomenon of Uluru up close. “My favourite part of camp was definitely Uluru and seeing the heart of our country. To say I was ‘wowed’ would be a massive understatement. I was expecting Uluru to be similar to the hills back on Mabuiag Island but it was much bigger,” Sophia explains. “I was amazed by how big it was and the colour of the rock amazed me more. When we went around the rock for a walk it felt good to be a part of the spiritual land of Anangu people. It looked like the rock had a story to tell,” says Adan. “Walking around the rock felt very spiritual. I also learnt a lot at the Uluru/ KataTjuta Cultural Centre and also spoke to some of the Aboriginal ladies that were painting. Their artwork was amazing!” says Renekka.

On the final day of camp, the students packed up and headed home, saying difficult goodbyes after a week of wonderful experiences that allowed them to strengthen their relationships. “It was really sad! I was going to miss the girls, we all were going to miss each other. I still talk to them now and that’s why the camp is so good,” recalls Renekka. “The camp was made even better knowing that you were surrounded by people from all around Australia with different stories and experiences, which were shared in the troopy or around the campfire,” says Lachlan. “I would like to thank Naomi, Gary, Waverley, Kylie, Teneale and all of the Yalari mob who made it possible for us to have such an awesome experience. But most of all, I want to thank the people from the communities that we visited; they are such special people and we were honoured to have an inside view of how they live,” says Sophia.

We would like to thank our friends at Medibank for sponsoring the 2016 Outback Camps. Thank you also to Greyhound for transporting our equipment! We could not do it without you! Yalari Quarterly Newsletter - September 2016 • • 5


Giralang Camp MENTORING, SUPPORT AND FUN FOR OUR YEAR 11 STUDENTS Students and staff were given an insight into student living and tertiary study on campus, with a tour of Bond University’s campus including its newly renovated Sports and Exercise Centre.

On Friday 12th August, eighteen Year 11 Yalari scholars travelled from boarding schools across the country to take part in the ‘Giralang’ camp on the Gold Coast. Giralang, meaning ‘star’ in the Wiradjuri language, aims to strengthen the students’ resolve to take advantage of their education, to encourage and energise them as they move into their futures. The event began on Friday evening as students caught up over a casual dinner at the Yalari office. Saturday started bright and early at Bond University where Jason Murray, Manager of the Nyombil Centre for Indigenous Students, gave scholars a first-hand look at the facilities and support available to Indigenous students on campus.

Following team building games, students then discussed career pathways with representatives from the Australian Defence Force, Deloitte Australia, McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Queensland TAFE and the Queensland Police. Saturday evening was spent go-carting and playing laser tag, (where even Founding Director of Yalari, Waverley Stanley joined in the fun!) It was a great time for students to wind down and spend time with each other. These annual yeargroup camps give students the chance to form integral social support networks that will carry them through Year 12 and beyond. Sunday morning quickly arrived and the group met at the Gumurrii Centre for Indigenous Students at Griffith University Parklands Campus. Jessie Elvin and Dale Rowland took students on a tour of the campus, including a look at ‘Red Centre’, Griffith University’s immersive

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technology centre. On a large curved wall students were able to virtually roam through marshland from 200 years ago; a site where the University now stands. Nance Haxton, a current affairs reporter for ABC Radio then ran a workshop encouraging students to take a greater interest in their home communities. The day finished with Waverley speaking to the students about their future aspirations. He encouraged them to challenge themselves during the remainder of their high school academic tuition and to reach towards a career they are passionate about. The 2016 ‘Giralang’ camp would not have been possible without the generous support from corporate sponsors Arrow Energy and Lipman Karas. Yalari humbly thanks these organisations for their continued belief that Yalari is working towards creating generation change for Indigenous students across Australia. It is because of this generous support that Yalari can fulfil its mission. Our Motto: ‘It takes a whole community to educate a child’ Thank you for being an integral part of our community.



50-50 charity raffle

This year, Yalari was included as one of the official charity partners of the rugby league football club, the Brisbane Broncos! As part of the arrangement, Yalari volunteers were invited along to the Broncos v Panthers game where they could sell raffle tickets in conjunction with the 50-50 Foundation.

head office volunteers

Close to $7,000 was raised for Yalari on the night! This will go toward the Yalari Orientation Camp which will be held 9th - 13th January 2017.

Thank you to our regular Head Office volunteers Maria, Cheryl and Deb who provide countless hours of administration and secretarial support. Your involvement in Yalari is highly valued and appreciated!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers from Deloitte, Langports, Accenture and UQ Connect who donated their time to take part in this event!




melbourne dinner Thank you to the 22 volunteers who generously donated their time to help out at the recent Melbourne Dinner. Our volunteers are invaluable at these events. They sell raffle tickets, help with auctions and ensure the guests are comfortable. We would like to thank HSF and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) for your help in supplying the volunteers.

Have you ever thought about volunteering?

Volunteering at Yalari provides a meaningful way to make a difference. If you have ever considered volunteering and would like more information, please email our Volunteer Coordinator Pam Boavida at or call (07) 5665 8688. Yalari Quarterly Newsletter - September 2016 • • 7


Educating Indigenous Children Proud partners of Indigenous education

“Thank you Lipman Karas, so much, for giving me the opportunity to do all these wonderful things. I really appreciate everything you do

LIPMAN KARAS Committed to supporting Indigenous education through its partnership with Yalari.

A longstanding partner of Yalari since 2011, specialist litigation firm Lipman Karas currently sponsors four Yalari students: Angel, Cheyanne and Nara at Scotch College Adelaide and Ryan at St Peter’s College Adelaide. “From the very beginning we felt that fostering a sense of excellence and high achievement in the young people of Adelaide was very important,” says Skip Lipman, a founding principal of Lipman Karas. “When we heard about Yalari we considered it an excellent opportunity for our team to help empower Indigenous children through education and grow through this process,” he explains. Through the partnership with Yalari, Lipman Karas wants to maximize the educational opportunities available to Indigenous high school students so

for me. Thank you for paying interest in all the Yalari students and for taking us out. ” - Yalari Student, Cheyanne Baker

they can determine their own futures and make valuable and long-lasting contributions to the community in their own way. The team at Lipman Karas has been extremely supportive. Principal Julia Dreosti who tutors two Yalari students each week describes her experience as one which “brings to life the goals of the organisation and has been enormously rewarding to work with these wonderful students and watch as they develop into outstanding young adults”. Lipman Karas recently co-sponsored the 2016 Yalari Year 11 Camp. Yalari is proud of their association with Lipman Karas and would like to thank them for their continuing invaluable support.


Lipman Karas Lipman






practice with offices in Adelaide, London and Hong Kong. Lipman is




contributing to its wider communities its






pro bono legal services, contemporary


and other community programs. It is important to everyone at the firm Cheyanne Baker - Yr 8 “I have been attending school at Scotch College, Adelaide for two years. I really love my school and I love being here.”

Angel Miller - Yr 10 “I want to be the first Yalari Scotch student to take part in the Aboriginal Netball Academy in 2017. I have appreciated my time at Scotch as I enjoy getting a great education, something that I wouldn’t have had in Ceduna.”

Ryan O’Callaghan - Yr 10 “I would like to thank you for helping me receive a good education and further helping me in getting opportunities within my community both at home and at school.”

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Nara McMillan - Yr 12 “This is my final year at Scotch. I am going to apply to university to study social work. I cannot express how thankful I am for this opportunity you offered me. Thank you so much. ”

that their contribution extends beyond financial support and the team actively participates in the work of the causes they support.



’ t u o b A d ‘Out an Jabreeni



Jabs is a 2015 Yalari and The Southport School graduate who is currently studying at Bond University. Jabs recently dropped by the Year 11 Camp to share his insights and experiences about the final years of school and entering university.

Will, Chelsea and Taneale


Larissa, Lyric and Mia

LARISSA WOOSUP 2015 Yalari Valedictorian and Canberra Girls Grammar school graduate Larissa recently attended the Year 12 Graduation where she presented the graduates with their certificates. Larissa is currently studying at the University of Canberra.


2013 Scotch Oakburn College graduate Marley, Marley did a great job as photographer at the Yalari Melbourne Dinner. Thanks so much Marley!

St Margaret’s Anglican Waverley & Tiah Girls School graduate Taneale and The Glennie School graduate Chelsea, were snapped recently at the TIAH VOCALE Fireworks Gallery in Brisbane 2014 Geelong mingling with some of our Grammar School Yalari supporters. They were graduate Tiah, at joined by 2012 Churchie the Melbourne Dinner. graduate, Will Monroe. Della, Summah and Obby

TYSON HOLLOWAY-CLARKE 2012 graduate recently joined us Yalari Melbourne as an impromptu speaker!

Tyson, at the Dinner guest

Tyson is currently studying at the University of Melbourne and earlier this year, was named as President of the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU). Tyson has also held the position of Indigenous Officer of UMSU since 2015.

DELLA & OBBY BEDFORD Geelong Grammar School graduates Della (2014) and Obby (2015) were found at the Melbourne Dinner mixing with the Yalari students. They are both currently studying at the University of Melbourne.


You can now stay in touch easier than ever before! Simply join our Yalari Alumni Association group on Facebook! Yalari Quarterly Newsletter - September 2016 • • 9


A NIGHT TO Inspire

Empowerment, acknowledgement and inspiration at the heart of Yalari’s 2016 Annual Melbourne Dinner.

Geelong Grammar School students Koby Sellings (left) and John Baxter (right) with the first Yalari graduate from Scotch College Melbourne student, Orson King (middle).

On the evening of Thursday, 25th August, Yalari held its 6th annual Fundraising Dinner in Melbourne. It was wonderful to see the Victorian contingent of Yalari supporters come out in force as over 400 people gathered at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park.

Year 10 Geelong Grammar School student speaker, Koby Sellings, impressed the audience with his personal journey on Yalari, his humour, humility and hopes for the future.

The aim of the event is to catch-up with Yalari’s supporters, to let everyone know what’s been happening over the past year and to celebrate student successes in the company of friends. Of course, we are always hopeful to raise enough money for another scholarship or two!

“It is important that we, as not only Indigenous Australians, but young Indigenous Australians, throughout our lifetime, start the change in the way people think when it comes to Indigenous Australia,” he said.

The evening opened in true Yalari fashion as Yarra Ranges Aboriginal elder Murrundindi delivered the Acknowledgement of Country. This was followed by enchanting musical performances from Aboriginal Australian singer/songwriter Alice Skye, and ‘Kinja’ (Ron Murray and Sarah James).

Throughout the night, the Yalari scholars from Scotch College Melbourne, St Catherine’s School Melbourne, Methodist Ladies College Melbourne and Geelong Grammar School participated in the program. They were excited (and sometimes nervous!) to be involved as they introduced the speakers and participated in the auctions and raffles.

Yalari gratefully acknowledges the dedication of everyone who has contributed to our 2016

Thank you to the volunteers, speakers and entertainers, the Melbourne Dinner Committee, and those who generously donated prizes for our a Park. Thanks also to those who purchased corporate tables: PDS Group, Unique Estates, Brookfield Multiplex, LK Property Group, Lendlease, H

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Lakeycha Farnham and Zanna Palmer

‘Kinja’: Sarah James & Ron Murray

The Yalari dinners offer the perfect opportunity to share in the successes of our students. Presented by Heather Douglas, Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, the Achievement Junior Resilience Award was presented to Kayla Harrison from St Catherine’s School for demonstrating the qualities of strength, courage and an enduring spirit.

Kayla Harrison, Heather Douglas and Jodene Garstone

Jodene Garstone from Geelong Grammar School was presented with the Leadership Award for demonstrating the qualities of commitment, strength of character, integrity and inspiration. Darcy Palmer, Marcus Paterson, Tony Puleio & Vanessa Gabriel (from Rosie Kids)

Congratulations Kayla and Jodene!


Yalari scholars from Geelong Grammar School

Upon the conclusion of the evening, it was agreed that another fabulous Yalari fundraising event had been had. Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing you back in Melbourne next year.

MLC student Tathra Lowe (right) catches up with Melissa Donald from Programmed, her sponsorship company.

2015 St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School graduates Jazz and Jad De Busch acted as Masters of Ceremony on the evening proving to be light-hearted, entertaining and engaging.

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auctions and raffles. We thank our Event Partners: Hentley Farm, Epic Private Journeys, Greyhound Australia and Pullman Melbourne Albert Herbert Smith Freehills, Slattery, Trio Construct and Hickory.

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Outback Camp - 2013

Yalari Cherbourg Walk - 2015

Rekisha Satour with Acting Principal, Mr Richard Baird


MC at Yalari Adelaide Dinner - 2013

Inset: Rekisha’s application photo - 2011


ekisha Satour is no ordinary high school student. A territory girl, born and bred, she spent most of her younger years growing up in Darwin. Rekisha’s country is Nodic, an ‘out-station’ on the outskirts of Dailey River and belongs to the Nangermirri language group of people. “My dreaming is that of the blue tongue lizard who fought a brown snake for our land and in the process left a slide down the Winagte Mountains that reside in our country,” Rekisha explains. She began her journey at Great Southern Grammar School (GSG) in 2012 after finding out about the Yalari scholarship in 2010 through the Deputy Principal at her primary school. “Applying for Yalari has definitely been a defining point in my life as with one great opportunity many others have followed,” says Rekisha. Great Southern Grammar School offers students an independent, Christian, coeducational education through residential and day school. The school’s mission is to provide the young people of the region, and beyond, with a world-class

school, incorporating a liberal education, the Christian faith and a maritime heritage. It provides a balanced approach to academic, sporting and cultural excellence and encourages positive community spirit. “I honestly love Great Southern Grammar. I have been here for five years and can’t imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t come. My favourite thing about boarding at GSG is everyone’s favourite thing about boarding: friends!” But Rekisha has achieved more than just making friends at school. At the end of 2015, she was named as Head Girl for the 2016 school year. “I think the biggest achievements for me were ‘sticking-it-out’ for all these years and being named Head Girl,” reveals Rekisha. “That is a real honour. I suppose it’s hard to say whether you believe that you’re a role model because you can never quite judge the impact you make on another person’s life and whether that impact is positive or negative. Personally I just give my best with what I have got and seize every opportunity that is thrown at me, encouraging people that I meet along the way to do the same.”

Acting Principal of GSG, Mr Richard Baird is not only proud of Rekisha’s achievements but those of all the Yalari students. “Great Southern Grammar has a long and proud association with Yalari. Last year saw our first Yalari student graduate Year 12. This year I am pleased to say that Rekisha Satour was nominated as our Head Girl,” Mr Baird explains. “I am very proud of our Yalari students and look forward to seeing them further develop into wonderful young men and women. I truly value their wonderful contribution to Great Southern Grammar and beyond,” he continues. To add to her successes of the year, Rekisha was also recently named the 2016 Yalari Valedictorian. At the end of this year, Rekisha will travel to Cambodia on a service trip that encourages volunteer work in the global community. “Next year I plan to go to university and study Psychology. My dreams for the future: to assist in closing the gap between Indigneous and non-Indigenous Australians through education,” she says.

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un F t n e d u t Yalari S Designed for participation by our Yalari Year 10 students, Pay-It-Forward is about continuing a good deed for someone else.


tive a i t i n I g draisin Calvin Adan Tye

Students are encouraged to think creatively in order to fundraise, with all proceeds going towards a scholarship for another Indigenous student. It is a great opportunity to assist other Indigenous young people to get a great education through a Yalari Scholarship. Yalari’s Pay-It-Forward initiative began over three years ago when Waverley challenged the Year 10 class of 2013 to collectively raise $20,000 between them. This was to pay for the first year of a new student’s boarding and tuition fees at one of Yalari’s partner schools. The students eagerly took on the challenge and they did it! Spurred on by the goal already set, Year 10 Yalari scholars continued on with all sorts of ideas for raising funds in the following years. The idea behind Pay-It-Forward is that as members of society we can all ‘pay it forward’ in some way, in order to assist those who may not have received the same opportunities as ourselves.


Quilon, Calvin, Adan and Tye were joined by a couple of their school mates in order to ‘feed the masses’ at their school. The BBQ was so good, it was a sellout!


ST PETER’S COLLEGE Ryan’s Pay-It-Forward was the City to Bay Fun Run! Ryan encouraged all of the Yalari students and some of the Saints boys to join him. It was a great day with sunshine and rain but everyone made it across the line! The group then enjoyed a delicious brunch together in celebration of a remarkable effort. Lipman Karas (Ryan’s sponsor) helped to organise the team and were big supporters on the day!



Joh was joined by Year 11 student Jondayah, and ran a very successful cake stall!



Molly organised a car wash in her home town!

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‘WE DID IT!’ YEAR 12 GRADUATION It was a day of mixed emotions for the Yalari Class of 2016 who gathered together on a chilly August day for their graduation ceremony and lunch. The Royal Military College in Canberra once again made their beautiful facilities at Duntroon House available to Yalari, creating the perfect backdrop for this exciting and emotional day. The Annual Graduation Ceremony is not only a celebration of the achievements our scholars have made during their time at boarding school, but is also a time to acknowledge the dedication and success of completing Year 12. There were feelings of excitement, sadness, pride and relief as the 32 Yalari graduates were presented with their certificates by Waverley Stanley

and Yalari Alumna and 2015 Yalari Valedictorian, Larissa Woosup. But it was the 2016 Yalari Valedictorian, Rekisha Satour who had everyone reaching for the tissues, inspiring her fellow students to “dream the impossible, seek the unknown and achieve greatness”. Following the ceremony and lunch, the graduates jumped onto buses and headed for the snow. It has been a long-standing tradition at Yalari that the Year 12s get to celebrate together, for one last time, with their peers who have been with them every step of the way. Yalari would like to congratulate all 32 of this year’s graduates and welcome them to the growing band of Yalari Alumni.

YALARI’S GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016 32 Students 18 Partner Schools 6 Yalari Camps 3 Cherbourg Walks 1,920 Plane Flights! 53,760 nights at boarding school!

Waverley Stanley, Rekisha Satour & Llew Mullins

Inset Left: Llew gives Jaxon a hug! Above: Nara MacMillan, ready to celebrate!

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Jayde Marshall

Amelia Mitchell

Brianna Cameron

Chelsea Ryan

Eric Gibson

Giorgia Bayles

Jaxon Petterson

Jayde Marshall

Jessicah Briggs

Jodene Garstone

Kane Brunjes

Kelsey Sexton

Kia Arndt

Lyric Hearn

Marnie Jones

Mia Hodges

Michelle Berrigan

Monique Mallyer

Nara MacMillan

Nathan Geno

Nelson Foster

Orson King

Raelene Pearson

Reggie Madden

Rekisha Satour

Samuel Jackson-Bolton

Sheldyn Briggs

Syrana Glenn

Tanaya Hood

Taylah Cubillo

Tearnee Lewington

Trey Petterson

Yukio Chaplin


We were truly honoured that so many of the sponsors were able to make the trip to Canberra and share in this special day with their students.

Michael Bridge & Chelsea Ryan

Janie & Olivia Hicks, Mia Hodges & Ian Dickson

Kathy & Garry Waters with Jessicah Briggs

Eric Gibson & Steve Stavrou

Paul & Judy Williams with Taylah Cubillo

Raelene Pearson & Jill-Anne Whyte

Thank you to all our sponsors and partners who have supported this remarkable year group of students. Airnorth Arthur Earle Youth Foundation Australian Communities Foundation Australian Government Commercial Eyes Pty Ltd Janie Hicks

Jill-Anne Whyte Lipman Karas McCullough Robertson Foundation Mia Foundation Trustees Paul and Judy Williams The Deloitte Foundation

Jodene Garstone & Melissa Sampson-Curry

A special thank you to Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) for sponsoring the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony and Snow Weekend. HSF not only has a firm place in the ‘beginnings’ of Yalari but they continue to humble us with there dedication and support of the Yalari children. Thank you.

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