In Borroloola, a hub town between the Northern Territory and Queensland, Noela Anderson, a woman from Garrwa and Yanyuwa language groups has worked as the school Liasion Officer for 14 years.

The school is part of the Borroloola and Gulf Group Schools, which consists of three remote campuses in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Barkly Region in the Northern Territory.

For Indigenous students in the area, a Year 12 education can be a decisive factor for getting a job.

Noela is proud of her five daughters who completed their year 12 and now have employment in diverse work places.

“I have five daughters and I am a grandmother to seven. All my girls boarded at Callistemon House in Katherine. The girls seemed to have coped well. They could play any sports they wanted to when they were boarding and they had lots of other educational opportunities that were not available at our Remote schools,” says Noela.

“I have spent my whole life in and around Borroloola. I only left to do my High School years in Darwin at St Johns College.

“I have been working in this position for 14 years, prior to that I was a casual Tutor/ Assistant Teacher for three years. So, all up I have been here for 17 years.

“My job is very challenging with over 300 students on our roll. I have to deal with bad behaviour, sick students and chase up lunches for some students or any other issues concerning them. I have to cater for them on a daily basis and I also help plan our Culture days which we now have twice a term.

“I think the main downfall is communication between boarding schools and families in remote places, but I love my job and if in my current position I have helped one or more students to achieve their goals, I am happy.”