Warralong Indigenous Immersion to Strelley Community School

This year, Padua College is undertaking an Indigenous Immersion in the Pilbara WA, at the Warralong Community. Students from Year 11 and Year 12 will participate and experience life at the Strelley Community School over 10 days in June and July.

Padua College Year 12 student, Siobhan Stephans, of the Wakka Wakka and Kamilaroi nations, is one of the students who will be going on the Warralong Immersion experience. Siobhan was the focus of a fundraiser for the Strelley School, held at last week in Blairgowrie. The luncheon at Coast was attended by about 30 people who were incredibly generous in the support of the ‘Healthy Living Program “, which currently operates to provide a hot breakfast to all students each morning at the Strelley School. Our students will be assisting in this program during their stay there.

Particular thanks go to Liz Jones who was the key organiser of this most successful luncheon, where many numerous generous donations from a number of southern peninsula businesses ensured the success of the event. One of the most interesting addresses of the day came from Susan McCulloch from Whistlewood Gallery, which exhibits art works from many indigenous artists from all parts of Australia.  Other women who were especially generous with their time and expertise in organising and running the event were Tania Zaetta and Robyn Ellen.

The Padua community, on behalf of the Strelley School, would like to offer a most grateful thanks to everyone concerned in raising the $2000  at this very successful fund event.

Bernadette Young | Social Justice Co-ordinator and Ange Virgona | College Faith Formation Leader