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Wire : fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang



Wire : fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang

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Wire : fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang


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West Arnhem Wire - Fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang 7 The West Arnhem Wire | 31 October 2013 COMMUNITIES LOOK TO FUTURE Around 1100 Territory students will sit their final exams this month, and this year two West Arnhem schools will celebrate major education firsts. Aboriginal people. The partnership was sealed in August with the decision by the Kakadu West Arnhem Social Trust to allocate significant start-up funding for Childrens Ground to roll out its holistic and community-driven socioeconomic program in the region. Mr Monaghan said the school plays an important part in helping to achieve these outcomes. From a schooling perspective, we used to focus on early years as being pre-school, but now it means pre-natal. So the focus is on making sure when kids get to school, the are already able to thrive. The initiative with Childrens Ground aims to ensure no kid misses out. A number of students will also graduate from West Arnhem College Gunbalanya campus, however the school will celebrate their achievements in the new year. Last year James Marrday and Robert Balmana became the first students to ever complete year 12 at the Gunbalanya school. All students are set to officially graduate in late November. Two schools in the West Arnhem region are celebrating major educational firsts this year. The first student to ever complete year 12 at Warruwi School on remote South Goulburn Island about 100kms north of Jabiru will graduate next month. Meanwhile the first ever Mirarr (the traditional owners of the area near Jabiru) students will graduate from West Arnhem College Jabiru, as part of a cohort of eight to complete their secondary studies at the college this year. Janet Marbinda has lived all her life in Warruwi, and while other people from Warruwi have graduated from Darwin schools, she is the first to finish her schooling in Warruwi. I chose to stay and finish school in Warruwi partly because of family, Ms Marbinda said, and this year I studied radio broadcasting and a language project and clinic project as part of my studies. Warruwi School prinicpal Daryll Kinnane said having a supportive family appears important when it comes to keeping remote students in school. Its important to acknowledge Janets family, because if the family is supportive, its often that students do well, Mr Kinnane said. The support of family appears to be an important factor. Janet is the first person to have ever graduated from (Warruwi) School, and there are some younger students we hope will follow in 2015. Meanwhile in Jabiru, every student enrolled to complete their secondary education this year is set to graduate. Principal Phil Maunder said the partnerships the school has formed over the past few years were very important. This year of the eight students graduating, three are school-based apprentices with ERA, another one is with the the Croc (Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn), and another is currently working with the school, Mr Maunder said. This year is also significant because we have two Mirrar students (Nonica and Phillipa) from Whistlelduck graduating. These successes are really thanks to our strong partnerships. Whistleduck (Djirrbiyuk) is a small outstation located within Kakadu National Park. Mr Maunder particularly recognised the support provided by Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) in assisting the students. Both Nonica and Phillipa undertook major projects through GACs business arms as part of their studies. Through this relationship, Nonica helped create a book Art of the Djirrbiyuk Community which has been professionally published. West Arnhem College Director Mark Monaghan said the school was working hard to build opportunities for students. Earlier this year, GAC announced plans for a 25-year intergenerational plan to achieve long lasting goals, including improving educational opportunities, to be driven by The Marbinda family were a key part of Janets success according to her principal. Photo courtesy of Warruwi School: (front row, from left) Ainkin Marrawati, Trent Mardbinda, Audrey Mardbinda; (back row, from left) Bobby Mardbinda, Rachel Meiyinbara, Janet Mardbinda, Rodney Mardbinda. Absent are Angelina Bumarda and Jean Mardbinda.