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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS
Educating Indigenous Children
QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 30 | SEPTEMBER 2015
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. We believe education is the key to generational change and a brighter future, and we are deeply committed to the ongoing success of our national program of scholarships and postschool opportunities. 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. Our mission is to educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change. Core Values: Respect, Compassion, Resilience, Openness, Inclusiveness.
It takes a whole community to educate a child.
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COVER PHOTO: Yalari’s Graduating Class of 2015
Boys Year 9 Outback Camp - Waverley with Angus Rohrsheim and Yalari student Koby Sellings
Waverley Stanley Founding Director I have just returned with Greg, our Student Support Manager, from conducting the last of the interviews for the 2016 scholarships. Throughout this year we have travelled to so many towns and communities, interviewing students and families, sharing stories of our children currently at their boarding schools and highlighting what our graduates are doing post Year 12. We made our way around Australia, by driving in the Yalari Toyota Prado, flying with Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar, Regional Express REX, a charter plane to Gapuwiak in Arnhem Land, and took the ferries from Horn Island to Thursday Island and ferry from Thursday Island to Seisia on the tip of Cape York in Queensland! From the interviews conducted over this period we will be selecting 29 students to commence their scholarships in 2016.
This year we also have 28 students who will graduate in Year 12. Our motto, “it takes a whole community to educate a child” remains the same after 10 years of operation. Everyone that has been involved with Yalari since we started in April 2005, You are Yalari. Thank you very much for your contribution, thank you very much for your time, thank you very much for your belief in the ideal that we all can make a difference of GENERATIONAL CHANGE THROUGH EDUCATION. Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt. Partnership, Commitment, Contribution, Generational Change.
Some of the communities and towns we conducted interviews in this year: NSW
WA Katanning Broome
UPCOMING KEY DATES
COMMEMORATIVE WALK TO CHERBOURG
YALARI BRISBANE DINNER Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
YALARI ADELAIDE DINNER Memorial Hall St Peter’s College Hackney
YALARI NEWSROOM Student updates and achievements TREY
St Ignatius’ College Riverview student Trey Peterson has been selected as House Leader for 2016. Well done Trey!
Congratulations to Yalari Alumna Marley Holloway-Clarke who is sitting on an average of ‘distinction’ following her first semester at the Victorian College of Arts.
Welcome to the YALARI TEAM LORI A special welcome to Lori Clevens who has joined the Yalari Head Office team. Lori will be undertaking a traineeship with us. Congratulations Lori and welcome aboard!
MARNIE Congratulations to Marnie Jones from Calrossy who has been appointed School Vice Captain for 2016.
Vice Captain of Canberra Girls Grammar School, Larissa Woosup was the official Auroras flag bearer carrying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at the 2015 Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Canada in August.
Geelong Grammar School’s Zanna Palmer was appointed as one of four outstanding House Leaders of Conneware House for upholding the philosophy that “All People Matter”. Kindness, academically conscious, willing to participate in co-curricular activities and trustworthiness helped Zanna secure the job! Well done Zanna!
CHRISTINE Joining us in the role of Senior Accountant, Christine Simpson brings her skills and experience to the finance team. We warmly welcome Christine to Yalari!
Students broaden their horizons Yalari’s fifth annual Horizons Camp was held over two days in mid July and once again our friends at the University of Queensland hosted our Year 11 students.
Yalari would like to thank the University of Queensland’s Business, Economics and Law faculty for their generosity, hospitality and
Faculty of Business, Economics & Law involvement in the camp. A special thank you to Cass Vickers, Neil Paulsen and Liz Cuffe for your assistance. Feedback from the students has been excellent with many realising they have to start setting goals and making plans for their future as they head into Year 12 next Year!
Travelling in to Brisbane from around the country attendees were treated to an exciting agenda which included guest speakers, presentations, activities and special projects. The program is designed to get students thinking about their future career options in an environment where they can listen to others and ask for advice.
Students were inspired by Indigneous speakers from a variety of vocations including barrister Joshua Creamer, singer Thelma Plum, comedian Sean Choolburra and Wallabies superstar Andrew Walker. Other speaker’s vocations included tradesmen and social entrepreneurs.
Yalari Quarterly Newsletter - September 2015
YEAR 9 ADVENTURE Two more successful Outback Camps under our belt! It was with enthusiasm, excitement and anticipation that 22 wide-eyed Yalari girls from schools around the country arrived in Alice Springs for the start of the week long annual Year 9 Girls Outback Camp. A little over a week later on 27th June, 17 equally as eager boys arrived for their turn. Both camps were run to a similar schedule, with few variations between them. The main focus of the Camps is to give students an opportunity to relate to each other outside school, outside home and outside their normal routines in a culturally significant part of Australia. For most, this was their first time to Central Australia. The Camp is designed to give students a taste of leadership, with everybody required to pitch in and do their bit. Students set up their swags to camp under the stars each night, helped with cooking and cleaning, set up and pack down of camp and collecting firewood. Students were given a question each morning to ponder on, write about in their journals and discuss around the camp fire each night. What’s important to you? Who are your supports? What do you want to do when you leave school? What’s a life obstacle that you’ve overcome? This lead to great discussions around the camp fire and inevitably the conversation lead to stories and a lot of laughter. On arrival into Alice Springs the students met with Yalari staff and sponsors and spent the first night in the comfort of the McDonnell Range Holiday Park bunkhouse. Experiencing the cold that is Alice Springs after sundown, students were very happy to receive their
very own Yalari beanies and hoodies. The girls were lucky enough to arrive into Alice Springs for the opening night of the Annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival. Thousands of beanies were on display and the girls had a great time trying on an array of different beanies. After hitting the road the next morning, one of the first stops was the Hermannsburg Historical Precinct (birthplace of Albert Namatijra). Once a Lutheran mission for local Aboriginal people, many of the original buildings remain in the precinct. A self-guided tour was followed by scones with jam and cream at the precinct’s café. A local elder, Bayden met with both groups at Hermannsburg and shared the significance of the area before heading out to Palm Valley in the Finke River for the first night of ‘real’ camping. Bayden’s wife and family joined the girls for dinner and an evening of stories and singing around the camp fire. For the boy’s camp, negotiating the 4wd track into the heart of Palm valley was a highlight, as was Bayden showing them how to cook kangaroo tail in the traditional way. It was a very special and culturally significant night for both groups, with many students naming it one of the highlights of the camp. From Palm Valley it was off to Ormiston Gorge for two nights. The best part here was the Ormiston Pound Walk. Rocky and rugged, the 7km walk follows beautiful peaks and valleys and finishes in the gorge surrounded by age old boulders and magnificent cliffs. Some students were brave enough to test the water temperature, but very few stayed in for more than a minute!
I learnt that you need to speak up, or reach out for help when you feel like giving up! Zainel, Great Southern Grammar
The boy’s camp made a day trip to Papunya community where they played a game of footy against some local boys. Yalari supporter, Geoff Rohrsheim made a fine referee on the day, and all the boys gave it their best and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The game was promptly finished when the word got around that the BBQ was ready and the day at Papunya ended with everybody being significantly filled up with sausages. The 80 km’s of corrugated dirt road, the state of the AFL oval, the many stray dogs and the prices at the supermarket lead to some great discussions on the way back to camp about what life is like in remote communities and the challenges many Indigenous people face on a day to day basis. Day four, it was off to Kings Creek Station for the night. A stop at Kings Canyon allowed for some great photography of the magnificent ancient natural wonder. The boys were extremely grateful when a Yalari sponsor secretly organised helicopter rides for everyone on arrival at Kings Creek Station. That night the all too familiar dingos made guest appearances and students promptly emptied their swags of their hoarded snacks before bed and created a ring of chairs around their swags as a hopeful defence. The last full day of the trip was the most significant – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This was the pinnacle of the camp for most and certainly for those seeing ‘the Rock’ for the first time. After setting up camp at Yulara campground the groups travelled to the Cultural Centre where they were able to learn about Anangu culture and gain an understanding of the significance of Uluru to the local peoples. Students then completed half of the Uluru Base Walk before heading to the Sunset viewing point. Watching the sunset whilst sitting on top of troopies eating a smorgasbord of cheeses, crackers, chips and chocolate is a tradition on these camps, and never ceases to impress students. Needless to say, students came away from the experience saying ‘best camp ever!’
“The Yalari Outback Camp was one of the highlights of my holidays, meeting all of the girls in my year, connecting with the land and visiting Uluru, even the dingoes made my week!” Alanah, Abbotsleigh
We would like to sincerely thank Yalari supporters Cath Brokenborough, Natalie McConnell, Maddy Corr, Geoff Rohrsheim, Ben Darlington and Sam Fielder for their dedication, enthusiasm, hard work and sense of humour on the camps. The funding for this year’s Outback Camps was generously provided by Yalari’s long-term partner Lend Lease. We would also like to thank Greyhound for providing freight of camping equipment to Alice Springs.
Yalari Quarterly Newsletter - September 2015
partner story RSL (Queensland Branch)
Funding provided by RSL (Queensland Branch) has sponsored Yalari students since 2010 with four Queensland-based students currently being supported. Regular updates on Kelsie, Ratu, Isaac and Jacob’s progress prove that the scholarship is of significant benefit to these young people, who are embracing the opportunity and developing both personally and academically. The ability to provide Indigenous youth with opportunities to enrich and improve their lives through education fits firmly within the RSL’s social commitment. It is Yalari’s recognition that opportunity, success and generational change are all shaped by education that makes RSL (Queensland Branch) proud to support the building of a brighter future for young Indigenous Australians through education.
K E L SI E
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I’m in the Hale House Committee and I am very proud of my sporting house. I am able to run ideas past the house and really contribute. We came first in both swimming and cross country and we have athletics coming up soon. I have also helped raised money by selling cupcakes with the school. Being a senior A-grade volleyball vice-captain, I am very happy to say that we have won the gold medal for Season 1 and completed in the Darling Downs Schools Cup. I am really looking forward to my last semester of secondary school and for what next year may bring.
In Year 10 we are getting a serious amount of work. My electives so far are Legal Studies, Chemistry and Engineering which is project based and keeps it interesting. At school I was part of a team that ran a business. We made $300 and only spent $10. We made pancakes and ice cream, it was inexpensive to make and everyone loved them when we sold them during school lunch time. I am playing club basketball in the U17s second team. In cross country I was happy how I ran it was a personal best time for me and I beat many of my friends that I wanted to beat!
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The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) was founded in 1916 by soldiers returning from the trenches of World War One. The aim was simple – provide a helping hand for their mates. Since then, the RSL has been making sure help is always at hand by providing much-needed support, advice and camaraderie to the men and women of the Australian Defence Force. Every person who seeks support or assistance from RSL (Queensland Branch) has a different story. Some are young men or women who have returned from active service in other countries who need a helping hand to reconnect with their families and re-integrate into our fast-paced society. Some suffer
IS AAC This is my second year at Toowoomba Grammar School. I’m loving grade 9 and have made some great friends with my boarding mates and day boys. One of the different things about Year 9 is that teachers expect higher standards compared to last year. My favourite three subjects are Art, English and P.E. I like to paint as it is relaxing and fun. Every Wednesday the other aboriginal boys and I paint after school. Just recently I entered a painting competition, scoring in the top five. As a result I was given a Canterbury jersey with my design on it. It is one of a kind. This year I have been involved in three community service activities. They were Relay for Life, Million Paws Walk and Lantan Clearing. I love to get out of the house and show my support about helping out.
Y ea r 9
The hard work is paying off because both my brother and I got “Pro Diligentia Awards” last term, so that makes it all seem that little more worthwhile and satisfying. I have really liked the opportunity to learn how to play different sports and enjoyed trying my hand at cricket and rugby union which are two games that I have never even played before. I am very grateful to be with Yalari, I love going to school and often think what a great opportunity I have been given and how I can put this to use when I finish Year 12.
the crippling effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and require both physical and emotional rehabilitation. Some are veterans of past wars who are ill and trying to navigate the complex pensions and welfare system in order to receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Some are suffering financial hardship and need access to low-cost housing. Some are elderly, lonely, bound to hospital beds and simply craving a conversation with someone who cares. Founded on the values of recognition, service, loyalty, quality and mateship, RSL (Queensland Branch) is committed to providing welfare and support for the wounded, injured and ill, and promoting the interests of veterans and ADF members to Government and the wider community.
he Year 12 Yalari Graduation Ceremony is not only a celebration of student achievements and completing secondary school, but also the opportunity to reflect on the unique and amazing journey each student has made. Once again being held in the beautiful surrounds of The Royal Military College in Duntroon, 28 of Yalari’s graduating class of 2015 came together for the final time to be congratulated and to celebrate the end of their secondary school experience.
L to R: Llew Mullins, Larissa Woosup, Professor Bob Breen & Waverley Stanley
Graduating Class of 2015 with sponsors and supporters
We are always in awe of Yalari’s sponsors and supporters, who again showed their support by joining us on this remarkable day. Among them was long term Yalari supporter and President of the Podmore Foundation, Associate Professor Bob Breen. Podmore currently provides funding that predominantly supports our scholars at Canberra Girls Grammar School.
One such student is Larissa Woosup who was named as Yalari’s inaugural Valedictorian for 2015. Larissa delivered an emotional speech thanking all those who have supported her and encouraging her fellow graduates to use their education to “change the world”! Following the ceremony, 19 of the graduates travelled to Jindabyne where they enjoyed a couple of days celebrating, relaxing and having fun at Thredbo. The skiing and snowboarding proved to be a real hit, with some of them showing real talent! This was extraordinary given that most of them were seeing snow for the first time!
Special thanks to our event partner, Herbert Smith Freehills for sponsoring the graduation weekend at Thredbo. Yalari Quarterly Newsletter - September 2015
Yalari would like to congratulate the entire graduating class of 2015 and welcome them into the growing band of Yalari Alumni.
Nina & Kayla from St Catherineâ€™s School
Students from Geelong Grammar School with Waverley Stanley
In our tenth year of organising fundraising dinners, you might think we would have all the creases ironed out! But needless to say, our Melbourne Dinner kicked off with the usual last minute minor hiccups and alterations. However, through the dedication and hard work from our team of volunteers, committee members and staff we were able to deliver another fabulous, entertaining and resonant Yalari event! On Thursday 20 August, once again at Leonda By The Yarra in Hawthorn, there was a terrific atmosphere in the room as over 360 people were mesmerised by Murrundindiâ€™s Welcome to Country. The fun and charisma of MCs and Yalari Alumni, Taneale Lawton and Ezekiel Stanley added warmth to the formalities, ensuring the attendees felt relaxed and engaged.
Yalari guest speaker and Year 9 Geelong Grammar School student Marcus Paterson, spoke to the audience about his experiences living in the top end including his love of Kakadu, deep connection to the land and his desire to be a good role model for his brother. Congratulations to Marcus on a well-delivered and heart-felt speech! Long-time friend of Yalari, Shane Howard and didgeridoo player Ron Murray treated the audience to a powerful musical performance, with the assistance of several musically inclined Yalari scholars, of course! The sounds included an eclectic mix of guitar, didgeridoo, clap sticks and vocals. It was a truly magical and memorable performance. Yalari Founding Director Waverley Stanley addressed the room, delivering a passionate, throught provoking and encouraging speech.
Astrida Cooper, Carol Bell & Lynne Sunderland
Yalari gratefully acknowledges the dedication of everyon
Thank you to the volunteers, speakers & entertainers, the Melbourne Dinner Committee and those who generous
Shane Howard, Ron Murray & Taneale Lawton with Yalari students
Waverley Stanley & Llew Mullins
The night swiftly moved along and before we knew it, it was time for the fast-paced stylings of our auctioneer Phil de Fegely, engaging and tempting the guests with some brilliant auction items. Thank you to everyone who participated in our live and silent auctions and raffle; your generosity helped us reach our fundraising goals on the night. As the evening drew to a close, guests could not help but feel inspired and connected. Yalari dinners give us the opportunity of spreading the word about what we do, allowing our unique and talented students to shine. It also gives us the chance to catch up with our valued sponsors and supporters and raise much needed funds to support our scholarship program. Thank you to everyone who came along to support us on the night. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Yalari Di nners are not just a bout rai si ng money ( al though tha t certai nly helps)! We enjoy bei ng a ble to ca tch-up wi th al l our supporters and share the wond erfu l stud ent stori es an d achi evements wi th the communi ty. If you have been una ble to j oi n us a t a di nner so far, don’t worry! We are hosti ng our fi nal two di nners of the year i n October - one i n Bri sbane and one i n Ad elaid e. Ti ckets are on sal e now so please contact our offi ce on (07) 5665 8688!
Marcus Paterson, Tex Garstone & Ron Murray
The girls from MLC
ne who has contributed to our 2015 Melbourne Dinner!
sly donated prizes for our auctions and raffles. John Bolton (Chair), Adrian Bell, Eliza Bellmaine, Stephen Bolton, Astrida Cooper, Fiona East, Melissa Lange, Frances Loughrey, Robert McGuirk, Claire Nontapan-Smith, Toni Reid, Sandy Shaw, Lisa Steven. Yalari Quarterly Newsletter - September 2015
Photogr apher Drew Ryan
Auct ioneer Phil de Fegely
Wine prov ided by “Wines by Sam” -- Sam Plunkett, Avenel, Victoria “Punters Corner Vineyard” – David & Sandy Muir, Coonawarra, South Australia
Me l bo ur ne D i nner Com mittee
Sue Rosen I first became aware of Yalari when I went on a tour of remote and regional communities. I learnt firsthand about Yalari students and their home communities. Speaking to the parents and Elders, I came to realise the importance they placed on education as a means of moving forward. I also came to realise how important the role of Yalari is in helping achieve this, not only through its scholarships but also the care and nurturing given to students. Being Chairperson of the Sydney Dinner Committee is just one way I can help Yalari in achieving its goal. Being on the committee has enabled me to meet like-minded people who also have the same strong belief in Yalari. Seeing all the students together at the dinner makes all the effort in organising such a function extremely satisfying and worthwhile. Sue has been a member of the Sydney Dinner Committee since 2012.
My association with the Melbourne Committee has been a very special experience for me. They are an extraordinary group of dedicated and committed people who have worked tirelessly to present each year, a new and exciting evening of fundraising, entertainment, and good cheer. Now well established on the Melbourne social calendar, the dinner, the entertainers, and the Yalari students in their various roles, give Melbourne society a night to remember all year long. I am humbled by this group of wonderful and generous people and I am very proud to have been a member of their team.
John established and has Chaired the Yalari Melbourne Dinner Committee since 2010.
Very Important Volunteers! Dinner Committee Dedication As you might imagine, organising four fundraising dinners every year takes a lot of time, preparation and manpower! In fact, dinner tasks often start 12 months out from the event, when a date is confirmed and a venue booked. It is only through the enthusiasm and dedication of our valuable dinner committee volunteers that we have seen the tremendous successes from our dinners over the years. Yalari supporter Fiona Sullivan formed the very first dinner committee back in 2006 in an effort to raise as much money as possible at the Inaugural Sydney Fundraising Dinner. Fiona rallied her friends and contacts and this resulted in Yalari raising over $300,000 on the night. The first committee certainly set the scene and format of our dinners, a formula we are still using to this day! Dinner committee members come from all walks of life. Some are enjoying their retirement and would like to “give back” to a charity or not-for-profit. Others are busy professionals who are able to offer their business contacts and acquire sponsors. However regardless of their background or skill set, all members demonstrate a level of commitment that is required of any large project. Just some of their responsibilities include: Attending regular meetings Sourcing sponsors Sourcing donations for auctions Sourcing a venue Liaising with venue regarding menu, decorations and run order Attending corporate events arranged by the committee to raise Yalari’s profile Assisting in sourcing entertainment, photographers, AV technicians, auctioneers Assisting with ticket sales through their networks Getting auction items prepared for the night – photography and paperwork Arranging and collecting equipment Hosting their table and mingling with sponsors Assisting with set-up and pack-down. On behalf of the students, staff and board of Yalari we would like to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in a dinner committee over the years. We couldn’t have done it without you.
I heard Waverley speak at a major private equity conference years ago, when Yalari was in its infancy. It was almost an incidental part of the conference but I was captured by what Waverley said, and by the video of the kids in their homes. I was ‘moved’ like never before. I truly cherish my ongoing involvement in something so important. Tim has been a member of the Brisbane Dinner Committee since 2007.
The beautiful children I have got to meet over the past 5 years, are outstanding young people who have come into a whole new world to study far, far from home. There is no doubt that they benefit from a high education and branch out to see a bigger world. The other big winner is the school community, that get so much in return from getting to know these kids. Natalie has been a member of the Adelaide Dinner Committee since 2012.
2014 Melbourne Dinner Committee
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.’ - Margaret Mead
PICK OF THE P I C S! & Kia Herbert Smith Freehills High Tea: Yalari tutor Christine Saywell with Racy
Th an k Yo u! Fre ehi lls Th ank s to Her ber t Sm ith a hig h tea in in Bri sba ne fo r ho sti ng r par tne rsh ip. cel ebr ati on of ou r ten yea had a gre at Yal ari sta ff and stu den ts tim e mix ing and min gli ng. Herbert Smith Freehills High Tea: Noah Smith & Leanda Cooper Jazleen enjoys graduation weekend
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Graduation fu n with (L to R) : Grace Stanley Tileah McGrad , Chelsea Olive y & Lorrae Kenn r, Lara Briggs, edy
The best view, at Uluru!
Stumped! The boys try to figure it out at the Year 11 Horizons Camp.
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