Santa Maria College flies Torres Strait Islander flag


Danny Mene, college student Angelina Mene, principal Ian Elder and Natasha Mene with traditional head dress gifted to the school by the Mene family.
Danny Mene, college student Angelina Mene, principal Ian Elder and Natasha Mene with traditional head dress gifted to the school by the Mene family.

THE Torres Strait Islander flag was hoisted to fly permanently at Santa Maria College in Attadale on Friday, after a request by Year 10 student Angelina Mene.

Miss Mene, a Torres Strait Islander, is a boarder at the college from Port Hedland.

She said a school research project on Naidoc Week and Torres Strait Islanders motivated her to write to the principal asking for the flag to be flown at the front of the school, alongside the Aboriginal and Australian flags.

The college encourages students to tackle a self-directed project aimed at improving Australia’s future.

These projects are the culmination of a two-week Explore 8 program of guest speakers and skill development sessions.

“I clearly remember the day when a passionate and persuasive letter appeared on my desk asking me to consider flying the Torres Strait Island flag alongside the Australian and Aboriginal flag at the front of the College” Santa Maria College principal Ian Elder said.

“It is a classic example of from little things big things grow.”

The flag-raising ceremony attracted significant interest with Angelina’s family with some even travelling from the Torres Strait Islands.

Bernard Namok Jnr, whose father designed the Torres Strait Island flag, attended the ceremony to discuss the flag’s design.