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NAIDOC WEEK at Middle Swan

Posted on 20 July 2018
NAIDOC WEEK at Middle Swan

La Salle College currently has 100 Indigenous students with 48 boarding students from 13 remote Kimberley schools within the Kimberley, Geraldton and Alice Springs areas.  So in preparation for NAIDOC Week, Ms Kymberley Oakley, Aboriginal Education Coordinator has been busy coordinating the events which commence on Monday 23 July.

The events and information are detailed below for your viewing and hoping that you are able to feature this story or would like to partake in the Morning Tea prepared by the Boarding students or attend our NAIDOC Assembly.

Monday 23 July

NAIDOC WEEK ASSEMBLY 8:35am to 9:35am

Special guests include Boorloo Cultural Experience, Tinesha Sampi, Moombaki Choir, Krista Dunstan and Mr Olman Walley.
Events during the ceremony are:

  • Smoking Ceremony
  • Welcome to Country Mr Olman Walley
  • Ms Kymberley Oakley this year's theme
  • Special Guest Speaker Krista Dunstan.   Krista is the Principal Policy Officer with the Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Hip Hop Dance Performance by Tinesha Sampi.  Tinesha has created her own dance company and currently dances for both Elan Dance Company and Society Dance Company.
  • Musical Ensemble Moombaki.   Moombaki is Noongar for 'where the rivers meet the sky'.   Moombaki are an eclectic ensemble of artists who perform a mixture of their own songs and covers of songs   various Aboriginal artists.  The groups style is a mixture of contemporary and R&B that integrates spiritual influences and incorporates their own unique style of hauntingly beautiful and inspiration lyrics. 


Commencing Monday, Aboriginal Teacher Assistance and Artist Mr Kevin Bynder who also designed the Indigenous Round Guernseys for West Coast Eagles and Port Adelaide has designed a 6 panel artwork that depicts the Noongar seasons.    All students at the College have been invited to paint these panels.   These panels will then be displayed in the College's iCentre (College Library)


La Salle College Year 7 and 8 Boarding students together with Woodwork teachers Mr Peter Pooley (Learning Area Coordinator Technologies), Mr John Velardo and Mr Peter Vitalich have been busy making the 128 Message Sticks for the 64 Pastoral Care Groups.    Each Pastoral Care Group are required to create their own message of reconciliation which will be placed on their focus table once completed.   The symbols and ideas such as a circle depicting coming together at a meeting place or the different coloured dots to represent the multicultural society of WA have been provided as suggestions.

MORNING TEA 11:05am 11:25am

Les Oakley, a Malgana Chef who owns 2 Deadly Food and Fitness will be preparing with the boarding students morning tea for staff.   The students will be dressed in chefs whites and serving food to the staff on Monday.   The $10 fee will be going towards raising money for literacy resources.  The boarding students also painted the platters in which the food will be served.
Menu includes:  Emu Pizza, Smoked Crocodile Pizza, Kangaroo Sausage Roll with Bush Tomato Sauce, Mini gluten Free Kangaroo Burger, slow cooked sticky Kangaroo tail, mini gluten free bush damper, lemon Myrtle Cheese Cake, Native Bush Berry Pavlova, Bush Inspired Tiramisu and Sponge Cake Quandong Jam and Cream.

"The morning tea is about experiencing something new and broadening people's understanding and assisting our students to develop confidence and self-esteem" whilst also "raising money for literacy resources for our 13 remote Kimberley Schools"    Ms Kymberley Oakley


This week the Pastoral Care Groups were given a quiz to complete.  This related to indigenous facts, policies, people and information relating to Aboriginal Education at La Salle College. Students competing in this quiz will be required to find out this information from the students within Aboriginal Education and are encouraged to interact with the staff and students within the centre.  The winning Pastoral Care Group will receive a cooking demonstration from Marissa Verma from Bindi Bimdi Dreaming on Wednesday 25 July.  The winners will be announced on Monday at the College NAIDOC Assembly.


La Salle Boarding was established in 2011, but its roots date back to 2007 in a conversation between the Principals of La Salle and Luurnpa Catholic School in Balgo Hills Aboriginal Community. Through the desire to provide opportunities for Balgo students to gain access to a full high school education the Luurnpa Links Program was established in 2008 and a group of students from Balgo visited La Salle.

The following year, 6 students from Balgo, as well as 5 students from the Pilbara through Swan's Kicking Goals program boarded at a nearby residential facility and attended La Salle as day students.  This continued as a successful model for two years until the closure of the off-site facility meant students did not have a place to reside outside of school.   La Salle Boarding took its first full intake of boarders in 2011 allowing numbers to expand to 30-40 students.  While our initial relationships with Balgo and Swans remain strong and primary to our program's mission, demand for boarding from other Aboriginal families has meant an expansion to include new communities.  In 2011, Clifford Sunfly was the first Indigenous boarding student to graduate from La Salle College.  Clifford exhibited the qualities of a true Lasallian.  In 2014, The Clifford Sunfly Award was established to recognise a person within boarding who has shown dedication to their studies, a commitment to achieve their personal best, has demonstrated good leadership, has a respect for others, is an excellent role model to younger students and contributes to the life of boarding.

The College was committed to the new relationships that had been developed, which was growing with interest, and so decided to establish its own independent boarding program to allow the students to continue attending La Salle.

While La Salle Boarding currently operates from a leased residential facility located 3km off-site from the main campus, it is the College's desire to build a small fully contained boarding facility on campus to allow the continuation of this successful program into the future.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Sabrina Lynsdale,

La Salle College, Middle Swan

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