Senior fellas met for footy and fellowship

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The first Willowra School senior fellas camp rewarded 14 students for their regular attendance at the remote school.

The 680km round trip to Alice Springs aimed to consolidate the engagement of young men returning to school, some after an absence of several years.

During the three-day event, the years 7 to 11 visitors explored city attractions and played football with Yipirinya School students.

Principal Barb Wilson said the football match, and a game skills clinic with Tommy Dutton — AFLNT’s Remote Development Manager — were “great drawcards”.

“Our senior students displayed leadership skills, responded positively to the younger Yipirinya students, ensuring they were shared between both teams and participated fully in the game and the clinics,” she said.

“There is no football team in Willowra, but our players are now hoping to field a home side against older students.

“And they enjoyed handling snakes and lizards at the Alice Springs Desert Park, a camel ride — a ‘first’ for many students — the cinema, the Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Anzac Hill and Megafauna Central.

“We are proud of the qualities displayed by our senior fellas. They demonstrated independence, respectful behaviour, fairness, and a collaborative spirit.”

The camp was attended by Barb Wilson, assistant teacher Bradley Forrest, and school counsellor Hannah Case.

Mixed teams of Willowra and Yipirinya students clash at Anzac Oval.

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