Nhulunbuy set to receive boarders
The unofficial launch of the Nhulunbuy Boarding School on 2 February attracted about 100 people from Nhulunbuy and north-east Arnhem Land.
The opening ceremony featured traditional songs and a Bunggul—a dance ceremony performed by the Rirratjingu clan—Traditional Owners of the area.
On Monday 6 February, 24 students from nine home communities across the region will begin arriving and take-up residence at the state of the art facility.
The boarding school caters for students attending Nhulunbuy High School and includes six buildings, single, double, and four-bed student rooms, a computer and music centre, commercial kitchen, large dining room, basketball circle, stage and amphitheatre.
General Manager of the Indigenous Education Strategy, Tony Considine, said the opening “couldn’t have been more of a success”.
“It gave us an opportunity to show the results of two years of engagement with Yolngu communities and other key stakeholders, led by our partners the Yothu Yindi Foundation,” he said. “Their input and guidance has been invaluable in the development of this facility.
“The boarding school has been created to nurture and develop their future leaders, and we are confident that by co-designing it with the community, and with their continued input and governance, we will achieve that”.
Following official speeches, Yirrkala-born and renowned musician Djakapurra Munyarryun and Arnhem Land band East Journey performed songs in Yolngu Matha and English that spoke symbolically of the journey on which the new students are embarking.