New college for Indigenous students

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Currawah Adventist Aboriginal College near Bourke, was officially opened on June 6 by North New South Wales Conference president, Pastor John Lang, and the Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton.

The opening was attended by almost 100 guests, including executive members of the Church and Adventist Education, representatives from the Association of Independent Schools Australia, local dignitaries, parents, students and board members.

We see a real need to develop strategies to prepare these young people to be leaders in the community...

It provided a chance to reflect on the past three years of development, and celebrate the innovation and opportunities of the future.

Pastor Lang thanked the many people involved in making the dream of the boarding school become a reality.

Mr Coulton commended the vision of the Church. “It is one thing to recognise a need; another to do something about it,” he said. “I am thankful for your practical Christianity.” 

 
 Thomas Strong,a Year 7 student, performing on the didgeridoo.  

The Federal MP believes the two important things in a student’s life are a sense of where they come from and an education. “An education will give you choices, and having choices will make all the difference”, he said. 

He said the college would be a wonderful asset in western NSW. 

Principal George Spero outlined his focus for the students. “The three areas that we focus on with our 22 students include teaching our students to have respect for themselves and others, to be responsible for their actions and to contribute back to society,” he said. “And we’re doing an intensive English, literacy and numeracy program to catch up on their literacy skills.”

The school has started with Year 7 and has plans to add additional years up to Year 10 in the next three years. The ultimate dream is to have one stream of students to Year 12, with another stream working towards becoming job-ready, in a practical sense.

“We see a real need to develop strategies to prepare these young people to be leaders in the community and to be able to make a real difference in their areas of influence,”  Pastor Lang said.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church plans to develop more classrooms and staff housing by December, and to expand each year up to Year 10

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