Month: September 2016

Deadly Start 2 High School

Deadly Start 2 High School

Deadly Start 2 High School is about year 7 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in secondary schools. Year 7 students have the opportunity to participate in the transition program aimed at supporting positive transition into secondary school. Several secondary schools in the south take turns in running workshops to encourage a positive outlook at high school. Wirreanda ran a program on Kaurna language and artifacts as well as a science class with the wonderful Ms Nicholson.

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A Taste of Culture for the Japanese Koshikawa students

Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students had the opportunity to present a ‘Taste of Culture’ for the Japanese students of Koshikawa. The Koshikawa students had the wonderful time of painting native animals inspired by Aboriginals designs. They students also had fun of a shared lunch of wattle seed damper, scones and kangaroo sausages. All food disappeared within minutes .

It was interest how well the students took in the information we provided and how good their art skills were…It was nice chatting to new people with a different culture and we learnt form them as well” – Breanna Trueman –

“We also taught the students about different animals, languages and laws…I had a lot of fun and so did the Koshikawa students” – Tamya Motto –

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Azra Rochester
Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officer


Student Leader- Brody

In July the ATSI team received great news: Brody, one of our year 10’s got into the state rugby team.

Now Brody is one interesting student. He is getting solid grades, is an amazing student leader (he has been helping run our men’s group) and he is a talented sports person.

The only bad news in all of this was that the state rugby was pretty expensive.

A fundraising page was started and through some generous people we started to raise some money. Brody’s family were working madly to raise funds as well.

But it was two weeks before his trip and were still short. It was then I received a strange email. After a chat whit this person I was left speechless, as this gentleman was willing to cover the remaining amount of the trip. This person was Eion Loftus.

Brody returned from his trip. He excelled and his skills were noticed by some of the talent scouts from respective NRL teams. It was an amazing trip he will never forget.

However I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Eion. He has a huge number of young people he supports. He hosted a fundraising event last month where Brody was able to share his experiences.

More info about Eion’s fundraising attempts can be found here.

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Antony Yates -Aboriginal Education Teacher

Safe Schools Coalition Day

During term 2 – a couple of students from Wirreanda and myself attended the Safe Schools Coalition Action Day.

Wirreanda Secondary School is a proud member of the Safe Schools Coalition. The School acknowledges the diversity of those within our community and the world around us. Students and staff are expected to support efforts in making the school more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people.

A video from the day was produced by Safe Schools (our student Alex Jevons  features briefly).

Click on the link below to access the video! 


Em Parker

R U OK? Day


R U Ok

Week 7 – Thursday 8 th September is R U OK? day

Lunchtime Events occurred today in the Nunga Room, with students having the opportunity to participate in a conversation corner and ask one another ” R U Ok ?”.

R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide.

Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

Their Goals are :

  1. .Boost our confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life’s ups and down.
  2. Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others.
  3. Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us
  4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic

We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge the world over. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions – “Are you ok?”.

It’s this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that we want to prevent. By inspiring people to take the time to ask “are you ok?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “are you ok?” is a great place to start

Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don’t need to be an expert – just a good listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling – start a conversation.

Please do not hesitate to see a member of the Wellbeing staff for any support or advice.