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Wesley College recognised at PALS Awards

John McGrath with Wesley College students Shai Bolton, Caelen Bennell Jack Collard, Michael Spratt and Minister Collier
John McGrath with Wesley College students Shai Bolton, Caelen Bennell Jack Collard, Michael Spratt and Minister Collier

Congratulations to Wesley College staff and students for being recognised as the winner of the Partnership Acceptance Learning Sharing (‘PALS’) Schools Reconciliation Awards 2013 in the Arts category. PALS is an initiative of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs that encourages young people to take a leadership role in strengthening the relationship that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in their local community.

Wesley College won the award for their Moorditj Mob Cultural Workshops. The workshops involve entire schools in dance performances followed by a round robin style cultural workshop run by the Moorditj Mob students. This year they performed at over 20 schools. Wesley has 20 Indigenous students participating in the project, and have involved over 2000 students in the project.

This is a great initiative and I thank Hon Peter Collier, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and the Wesley staff for their time, effort and expertise in bringing together students across Western Australia.

Clontarf celebrates $2M grant

On Wednesday 5 September I was grateful to attend Clontarf Aborignal College’s opening ceremony for the Ngulla Mia Girl’s Boarding facilities.

With the help of a $2 million grant from the Liberal National State Government, the new facilities will house up to 40 Aboriginal girls from around Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The new facility was blessed by Monsignor Michael Keating, Chairman of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia and officially opened by the Hon. Peter Collier, Minister of Education, Energy and Indigenous Affairs.

I extend my congratulations to the Clontarf Aboriginal College board and principal Tony Chinnock for the great work that they’re doing in educating young Aboriginal boys and girls.

Stage one of the complex was officially opened by the Queen last year during her visit to Perth for CHOGM.