MEDIA RELEASE – 4 November 2019
On Monday 28 October Unity College had the great pleasure to present Year 12 students at Unity College with a variety of awards and acknowledge their Year 12 Graduation at the 2019 Valedictory Service.
Amongst the Graduating Class of 2019 were four students from Areyonga who have successfully completed their Year 12 studies. Congratulations to Christopher Doolan, Jimmy (Mick) Doolan, Claudia Coulthard and Selinda Hopkins on their excellent achievement.
Students were supported at the Graduation event by family members and other special guests who travelled from the Northern Territory to attend. Special guests included representatives from the Areyonga School where these students attended for Primary education, including the Principal, Mr Jonty Fernando and long serving Teacher Mrs Tarna Andrews.
Also, a choir of six Areyonga women attending the service performed a Lutheran Hymn in Pitjantjatjara language as a blessing to all the graduating students.
In the last two years a total of six students from Areyonga have successfully completed Year 12. Much of this success is due to the strong partnership and links between the Areyonga Community and Unity College.
Andrew Lloyd from the NT Government Transition Unit said…
“Access to secondary education for very remote Northern Territory Indigenous students is limited. Although many students attend distant boarding schools, very few stay to complete Year 12.”
“Forming trusting relationships using new and effective communication methods between the two communities has formed a binding connecting thread”
“These links between home and school were essential for a positive boarding transition where the concept of a two-way sharing of knowledge allows for stronger school to community connections.”
“Few families and communities are fully engaged in the whole transition process. However, one very remote Indigenous community has partnered with an interstate urban boarding College resulting in Indigenous students staying to complete Year 12 and seeking local employment pathways afterward”
Principal of Unity College Mrs Kaye Mathwin-Cox in her address to the school community said…
“We thank God for all of our students and the rich tapestry they create at Unity College. We are proud of their achievements and we acknowledge those who have served their school and have achieved in their academic pursuits.”
“2019 Valedictorians, the end of this year marks the end of one of the most incredible journeys in your lives. Whilst you might not fully understand or even believe the importance of the last 13 years of school, those with a little more experience may remember their own years and reflect on the highs, the lows, the fun times and the times of challenge. And it is these experiences that helps to mould us all into who we are and who we become as an active contributor in society. “
For more information, contact Mr Wayne Gehling – Director of Development at Unity College on 8532 0100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org