Indigenous Mentoring

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The Inaugural newsletter of 'The Marymount Mob' est. 2013.

"Yana Gurara" which means 'Walk Tall" in Yugambeh.  Click here to read.

Indigenous Mentoring 

In 2018, the Marymount Mob consisted of 15 students across all year levels, who proudly identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.  

Through the College’s Indigenous Program, these students engage in weekly pastoral meetings as well as activities relating to significant cultural events throughout the year. Led by Co-Captains Maddie Mulherin and Swai-Anne Hill, the students have also provided peer mentoring and support to younger Indigenous students, including those of the Marymount Primary Mob. 

An exciting highlight this year was the inaugural cultural immersion to Darwin and Kakadu, which was attended by 10 of our Mob students, accompanied by Miss Lauren Mitchell, Mr Peter Shaw and Mrs Monica Weatherall.  Given that none of the students had previously visited the Top End, they handled well the unfamiliar heat, dirt roads and red dust, and tackled every challenge put before them with tenacity, optimism and good humour.  We began our cultural journey at Pudakul on Limilngan-Wulna land, where we received a traditional Cul Cul (Welcome to Country) from local elder, Graham, before travelling into Kakadu National Park where we would spend the next few days.  Students displayed excellent teamwork as they pitched in – literally – to help with setting up camp, unloading equipment and preparing meals each day, as well as undertaking every activity with great interest and enthusiasm.  
 
Gruelling hikes and climbs at Ubirr and Nourlangie were rewarded with the most amazing scenes of ancient, traditional rock art which gave a fascinating insight into the lives and customs of our nation’s first people. Much of the rock art depicted various dreaming stories and would have been used to teach important lessons about right and wrong and the consequences of our actions. Spectacular rock pools and waterholes at Gunlom, Buli and Florence were also a welcome respite for our hot, dusty travellers. In addition to these scheduled stops, were many unexpected sightings of crocodiles, water buffalo, agile wallabies and birds of every description, as well as immense termite mounds that towered over even the tallest members of our group. 
 
This trip was an amazing experience for our students, who were quick to convey their gratitude and appreciation to Mr Noonan for making it possible.  An opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of their own heritage does not happen often, and the students are to be commended for participating in the journey in such a respectful and attentive manner, and with such enthusiasm.  The trip not only gave the students lifelong memories, but also tightened the bond with one another, and a stronger sense of pride in their own heritage.

Mrs Monica Weatherall
Indigenous Program Assistant

Indigenous Family History Research
 

For information relating to locating family groups, please see the attached documents.

 brief_guide.pdf  Brief Guide