Walungurru School stalwarts step down
The collective service to Walungurru School of two retiring assistant teachers has been an extraordinary 63 years.
Maureen (Mimala) Wheeler and Monica (Ampi) Robinson are regarded as Kintore community leaders who have made significant contributions to the stability of the school.
Former student Tarna Andrews said: “Mimala and Ampi have been staunch supporters of the school for many years.
“They have been fierce advocates for Walungurru children, ensuring their opportunities for education are the same as anywhere else.
“Mimala and Ampi are community leaders entrenched in a society subject to a high turnover of teachers.
“Both women will be greatly missed as workers and role models, but it’s hoped they will continue to be strong advocates of the school and its students.”
Ampi was prophetic in the vocational rise of Tarna Andrews.
Ms Andrews added: “Ampi asked me to write the word ‘famous’ on the chalkboard, and when I’d finished she told me I would become famous.”
Tarna later became the first local Aboriginal woman to become a teaching principal.