Cecil Andrews College trio visit remote WA school

Three Cecil Andrews College students visited the Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School recently.
Three Cecil Andrews College students visited the Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School recently.

A TRIO of Cecil Andrews College students were able to share their skills and knowledge with a remote school during a special cross-state visit recently.

Madeleine Smith, Jeliah Laylan and Shevon McCormack spent a week at the Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School, about 1100km north-east of Perth, to join in with and help lead a range of classroom activities.

Madeleine, who had visited the school already in September 2017, said it had been “amazing” to go again.

“To be able to see the friends that I made on the last trip and to be able to go into the classrooms this time and help the kids with their work was just the best experience,” she said.

“Jeliah, Shevon and I also spent a lot of time after school with the kids in the rage cage, which is a big cage that has soccer goals, netball and basketball, playing basketball and spending time with them as they loved our company as much as we loved theirs.

“They still have a strong connection with their traditional culture, still doing their traditional practices and it was a privilege to learn about it”

The students are part of Cecil Andrews College’s Follow the Dream: Partnerships for Success program, which aims to give Indigenous students support and encouragement to finish Year 12 and achieve tertiary entrance.

Scholarships from the Sara Halvedene Foundation through the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation allowed the students to make the trip.

The Cecil Andrews College students have since started an Aboriginal art business fundraiser to send basic necessities like mops, brooms, curtains and sheets to the Tjuntjuntjara residents..