Lajamanu students quiz defence force delegates


A member of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Defence Force Recruiting, visited Lajamanu School to discuss employment pathways in the armed forces and the importance of regular school attendance.

During the 12 June stopover, the representatives spoke to five classes about the role of the navy and other defence force branches, with an emphasis on the career opportunities available to Aboriginal people.

Principal Juliette Coco said the visitors asked students about their aspirations, highlighted the role of education in broadening life options, and responded to the many questions put to them.

“The students really enjoy these visits as they love to ask questions and see video footage of what members of the armed forces do,” she said.

“There was a recruitment focus on NORFORCE, and in the future we’re hoping to attract NORFORCE members to speak at the school.

“Two of our former students — Jayden Rennie and Henry Rose — who stayed at school until they were 17 years old have just signed-up with NORFORCE, and they’ll begin training next week.

“The whole community is buzzing with the news, and we hope they do well and come back as role models for our students.”

Ms Coco is keen for next semester’s employment pathways program students to visit Darwin and tour a patrol boat and defence force bases.

“An aim of this trip is to provide our students with an opportunity to speak to Aboriginal members of the armed forces,” she said.

“Our school visit was part of the navy’s education program in remote Territory communities.”

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