How Strong Cultural Identity Can Lead to the Best Results

Roni Forrest, a Minang Ngadju woman from the south coast of Western Australia, coordinates Future Footprints, a program supporting rural and remote Indigenous boarding students. Roni and Aboriginal Liaison Officer Lisa Fieldhouse work together with communities, parents, schools, sponsors and other networks.  Roni, grew up as a ‘bush kid’ on the south coast of WA […]

NAIDOC week puts Darwin boarding educator in the spotlight

‘Because of the resilience of the strong Aboriginal women who came before us, we can have it all,’ says Melissa Cole. It is NAIDOC week and the theme, ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ resonates with Haileybury Rendall School Head of Aboriginal Education, Melissa Cole Cole is of Warumungu and Luritja descent and has worked in education for […]

5 minutes with Richard Stokes

Richard Stokes began working in the boarding sector in 1980. He has been involved with Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) since 1985 and is the current Executive Director. Stokes says boarding schools are really good at adapting to change because of the on-going support and training available, like the Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium. Why did you […]

5 minutes with Joel Norton

Joel Norton moved to Darwin in 2012 after selling his Adelaide Advertising Company of 12 years. He became Operations Manager for Detention Centres. His experience soon won him the position of Head of Boarding at Marrara Christian College. This year Joel attended the Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium in Canberra. He shares his thoughts on the event with us. […]