Celebrating Success: Year 12 Graduation Dinner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
Tuesday 11 October 2011, the Indigenous education team from Student Services hosted a dinner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to recognise their completion of Year 12. The dinner was a way of saying, “congratulations” for making it to Year 12. The evening began with a Welcome to Country given by Wurundjeri Elder Bill Nicholson. David Huggins, Assistant Director welcomed families and friends, school representatives and local Aboriginal community members to the gathering.
One of the targets of COAG’s National Indigenous Reform Agreement is to halve the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates by 2020;. This year, 19 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students from 13 schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne completed their Year 12. Mr Lionel Bamblett, General Manager from the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) acknowledged the good work done for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by the Catholic Education Office Melbourne.
A highlight of the night was when the parents of each student spoke about their child before presenting them with a certificate and a small gift. For some families, this was the first time a member of their family had completed Year 12. It was a moment to add to their lifetime of memories.
Thank you to the following schools for their support and encouragement as it ensured the night was a great success for all students and their families: Parade College, Bundoora; Penola Catholic College, Broadmeadows; Mercy College, Coburg; Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale; Clonard College, Geelong West; Genazzano College, Kew; Mount Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale; Kilbreda College, Mentone; Padua College, Mornington; St Joseph’s College, Newtown; Aquinas College, Ringwood; Christian Brothers’ College, St Kilda East; Emmaus College, Vermont South.