Koorie Connections

‘Dimboola Memorial Secondary College would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the Wimmera Mallee area: the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagalk peoples, and pay our respects to elders past, present and future.’

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Darwin Defenders Service - Horsham - 19th February 2020

Harper Harradine and Tehya Clarke represented DMSC at the Darwin Defenders Commemoration in Horsham on Wednesday February 19.

Both students were members of the official party and participated in the service. They also laid a wreath on behalf of the DMSC community.

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Awards Night 2019

Many of our Koorie students did exceptionally well at the DMSC Awards Night on December 17. They were prize winners in a wide range of areas: writing, art, citizenship, academic achievement, Year 12 Graduation, Year 9 Scholarship, contribution awards, attitude and effort awards and VET.

Harper Harradine Student Contribution Award
Middle-School Sportsman Award
Merit Award
Tehya Clarke Intermediate Citizenship Award
Student Contribution Award
Merit Award
Zarnia Klotz Year 9 Engagement - Dimboola Lions Club Scholarship
Jill Walsgott Instrumental Music Award
Merit Award
Talulla Harradine-Hodge Merit Award
Senior Excellence in Art Award
Yasmin Harradine Year 12 Graduate
Niah Boundy Year 10 VETiS Award
Kaitlyn Beeton The Sara Hunter Hospitality Encouragement Award
Simone Rayes Merit Award
Cyan Morrison Merit Award
Awards Night 2019

Congratulations Yasmin - Keep Victoria Beautiful Finalist

Yasmin Harradine with her “Finalist” certificate from the Keep Victoria Beautiful organisation. Yasmin was nominated for her “Welcome” mosaic and the winners of all categories will be announced on Saturday October 26, when Dimboola hosts the State Tidy Towns awards.

Yasmin Harradine with her “Finalist” certificate from the Keep Victoria Beautiful organisation.

September School Holidays - Ballarat Camp

DMSC students Simone Rayes and Djarem Harradine attended a three-day camp held on res at FedUni Mt. Helen campus during the September holidays.

The program gave students a taste of University life and included many fun cultural activities, including an excursion to Lal Lal Falls. It was a great way for students to connect and form friendships with other Aboriginal students from across the Ballarat region.

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Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 student Niah Boundy has spent this week on work experience at Dimboola Primary School.

- Friday 20th September 2019

Niah Boundy on work experience at Dimboola Primary School.

Niah Boundy on work experience at Dimboola Primary School.

Acknowledgement of Country

This week, we unveiled a new banner which acknowledges the five Traditional Owner groups of the Wimmera Mallee area. The banner captures many images of our students and families and some of the events that we have celebrated. The artwork across the top and bottom of the banner is by DMSC student and proud Wotjobaluk woman, Yasmin Harradine. The original piece of artwork was recently displayed at the NAIDOC week exhibition in Horsham and has now been bought by Wimmera Health Care Group.

Simone Rayes and Alex Jakiel

Simone Rayes and Alex Jakiel

NAIDOC Week exhibition at the Horsham and Regional Art Gallery - July 2019

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NAIDOC Week exhibition at the Horsham and Regional Art Gallery

Jaara Secombe

NAIDOC Week exhibition at the Horsham and Regional Art Gallery

Yasmin Harradine

NAIDOC Week exhibition at the Horsham and Regional Art Gallery

Djarem Harradine

National Reconciliation Week DMSC Morning Tea

Earlier this week (Monday 27th May), DMSC staff shared a casual Morning Tea for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families. This was a great morning to enjoy a chat over a sausage roll and a cuppa! Once again, we had a good number of families attend to support their children. The Welcome to Country was given by Stuart Harradine (below left) and past student and DMSC Hall of Fame recipient, Tracey Rigney (below right), spoke to students about her time at DMSC and how her passion for storytelling had led to a career opportunity as a film and television writer. Thank you to both speakers and the families for joining us in supporting the students on their journey.

- Ms Belinda Frost, Thursday 30th May

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MADEC Scholarship for Niah

Year 10 student, Niah Boundy, has been selected to receive a scholarship from MADEC through their Indigenous Youth Leadership stream. The scholarship is designed to support Niah with her studies through to the end of Year 12. Niah is the second DMSC student to be awarded this scholarship, joining fellow Year 10 student, Kaitlyn Beeton, who received one last year. Congratulations Niah.

- Monday 1st April 2019

Lunch with the KESOs - Monday 25th February

Some of our Indigenous students enjoyed lunch with our Koorie Education Support Officers (KESOs), Nola Illin and Kerrie Clarke. It is great for our students to meet, or be reacquainted with Nola and Kerrie and for them to know that they are there to support the school and them with their education.

Tehya elected to Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council

DMSC Year 9 student and proud Gunai and Monero woman, Tehya Clarke, is following in her older brother’s footsteps and has been elected to the Youth Council for 2019. Along with Rebekah Albrecht, Teo Haines and Jordan Laverty, Tehya will represent the youth of Dimboola at council meetings.

Pictured L to R: Hindmarsh Shire Councillors Tony Schneider and Debra Nelson, Rebekah Albrecht, Tehya Clarke, Teo Haines and Jordan Laverty.

Marrung Forum – Friday February 15

Last Friday, I accompanied four students to the South West Victorian Region, Marrung Forum, this year held in Horsham. Marrung is the term given to the Department of Education’s Aboriginal Educational Plan which lays out the strategies and targets for the ten year period, 2016-2026.

I was very proud of our young students who spoke about how DMSC is an inclusive school and also a school that respects and celebrates our Indigenous students. Present at the forum were all of the Department staff who are leaders in our Region – it was an honour for our students to be invited.

- Anne Gawith, Principal

Pictured above, L to R: Djarem Harradine, Alex Jakiel, Tehya Clarke, Harper Harradine

Members of the Department of Education and Training, Koorie Workforce Team and others, attend a cultural tour of the Dimboola area. Pictured near the billabong on the Wimmera River. Local Wotjobaluk man and DMSC parent, Stuart Harradine, led the tour and he is pictured centre back.


Success for Tania

Year 12 student, Tania Morrison, has graduated from her traineeship with Certificate II in Business Administration. Tania was part of the first intake of Koorie students to participate in this program with Victoria Police. Based at the Horsham Police Station, Tania has undertaken a wide variety of roles and has also completed the many modules that are part of the traineeship. Tania was well supported by Skillinvest, many officers from the Horsham Police and staff at DMSC. We congratulate Tania on this achievement and know that it will place her in good stead as she moves out of secondary schooling at the end of this year.

- Thursday 18th October 2018

Pictured below, left: Tania with representatives from the Horsham Police, Skillinvest and DMSC.

Pictured below, right: Tania Morrison with DET Koorie Education Support Officers, Kerrie Clarke and Nola Illin.

Tehya at Melbourne Fashion Week

Last week, I was part of the Global Indigenous Runway project in Melbourne. There were South Pacific Islanders, Aboriginals and Maori people who were a part of the program as well. I met heaps of new people and gained new friends. The experience as a whole was intense and included a lot of blood, sweat and tears. There were 6000 people who applied and only 38 got accepted. I would definitely do it again if I get the chance.

- Tehya Clarke, 4th Septemeber 2018

"Inspire Me" Workshop

On Tuesday 28th August, a small group of our Aboriginal girls attended the "Inspire Me" workshop at Fed Uni in Horsham. This was an amazing opportunity for these girls to hear from three inspirational, Aboriginal women. The focus of the day was encouraging the girls to continue their studies and realise their full potential.

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Kaitlyn receives Indigenous Youth Leadership Scholarship

Last week, Kaitlyn Beeton was nominated for an Indigenous Youth Leadership Scholarship. The criteria for the award centred around excellent attendance, great work ethic at school, good academic results and importantly, a desire to complete Year 12. Kaitlyn had to write a written application and attend an interview with a representative from MADEC – the Mildura based organisation who administer the scholarship. We were delighted to hear that Kaitlyn was successful and she will now receive some assistance to support her studies at school.

15th August 2018

NAIDOC Week Celebrations 2018

On Friday July 20, DMSC held our NAIDOC celebrations for 2018. With over 250 in attendance, it was a wonderful event which included a Welcome to Country from Aunty Nancy Harrison, some local history from Stuart Harradine, a traditional Smoking Ceremony conducted by Stuart and Damien Skurrie and culminating in the official unveiling of a wonderful "Welcome" mosaic, created by Year 11 student, Yasmin Harradine. It was an occasion that strengthened the ties between DMSC and the local Indigenous community, but as Yasmin herself pointed out, her message of welcome – also presented on the mosaic in the traditional Wergaia language, was meant as a general welcome to all. Regardless of race, culture, religion, identity – all are welcome at DMSC.

Many of our Indigenous families attended and students and staff from both St Peter’s Lutheran School and the Dimboola Primary School joined us for the occasion. It was also great to see three police officers from the Horsham Police Station here to support our NAIDOC event, and also to support, Year 12 student, Tania Morrison, who is one of the first participants in the Victoria Police Indigenous Traineeship program.

Yasmin spoke of the positive influences she has had in her life and related these women to this year’s NAIDOC theme, "Because of her we can". Yasmin has provided a strong symbol of inclusion for our school, and it will be a wonderful legacy into the future.

The celebrations concluded with all attendees given a lemon myrtle cupcake – prepared by the VCAL class and the cupcakes had either an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island flag on top.

Reconciliation Week Celebrations 2018

DMSC hosted a gathering of the students and families of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Cultural Inclusion Coordinator, Ms Belinda Frost, oversaw the arrangements and it was a lovely, casual event, enjoyed by staff, students and family members. Grandmother to four of our Indigenous students, Leila Harradine, said she thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed feel of the morning tea and how it was wonderful to be welcomed into the school. Another DMSC grandmother, Helen Sultan, performed the Welcome to Country and she spoke from the heart about how one of DMSC’s values, Freedom, was very fitting as it signified all Indigenous students’ rights to connect to their culture at school.

National Reconciliation Week 2018 was acknowledged from Sunday 27th May to Sunday 3rd June.

Baldau Yiooghen - Leadership Camp

Three DMSC students, Tristan Rayes, Niah Boundy and Kaitlyn Beeton, were successful in applying for a place in the Baldau Yiooghen Leadership group. The first stage of the camp was held in Melbourne during Reconciliation Week, from May 29 until June 3 2018. During the length of the camp, the students had the privilege to visit some iconic places in Melbourne, and those that hold integrity within today's Aboriginal culture. They visited the: Essendon Football Club, Flemington Racecourse Stables, Australian National Academy of Music, AAMI Park, Tennis Australia Headquarters, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Richmond Boxing Club and Federation Square. The three students joined many others at the Long Walk Conference held at the Crown Palladium. Also in attendance were notable figures, Uncle Darby McCarthy, Uncle Ian Goolagong and Aunty Pamela Pedersen. The students all participated in the "Walk to the G" to celebrate the AFL’s Indigenous Round.

The second part of this program will be a trip to Darwin later in the year.

Story by Tristan Rayes

Cultural Understanding and Safety Training

All staff at DMSC undertook Cultural Understanding and Safety Training (CUST) in May 2018. The workshop covered a wide range of topics, including the difference between a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgement of Country, information on the area’s history, support around embedding Indigenous content into the curriculum and where schools can go to for support. The sessions were presented by members of the Dept of Education and Training’s Koorie Workforce team, local Elders and Aboriginal workers from other organisations. The feedback from the training was overwhelmingly positive.

BACK: Daryl Rose, Steve Young, Suzanne Camm, Kelly Sailor-Muir, Stuart Harradine, Dean Staples
FRONT: Ros Pevitt, Tracey Rigney, Kerrie Clarke, Suzy Skurrie, Nola Illin, Anne Gawith (Principal DMSC).

Tristan Rayes – DMSC School Captain – 2018

For the second year in a row, DMSC students have elected an Indigenous School Captain. Year 12 student Tristan Rayes was thrilled to follow in the footsteps of 2017 School Captain, Kynan Clarke, and has continued the great work of being a wonderful role model to all students, but particularly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Tristan is pictured with joint School Captain, Danni Haebich.

In 2018, Tristan received the inaugural ACKLAND Award, given to an Indigenous student in the Wimmera area who has demonstrated: Achievement, Commitment, Knowledge, Leadership, Nyerna ‘to hear, to listen’ and Dedication.

Tristan is pictured with family members.

Tristan pictured speaking at the Wimmera South West Principals’ Forum in March 2018.


Victoria Police Traineeship

In 2017, DMSC student, Tania Morrison, became one of the first Indigenous students in Victoria to commence a school-based traineeship in Business Administration with the Victoria police. Signing on at the Horsham Police Station, Tania was thrilled to receive this opportunity having long held the dream of joining the police force.

Tania speaks about why she wants to join the police force in the video below.


Tania is pictured with Victoria Police members from the Horsham station.

Bakang Dyakata - Wotjobaluk Culture Event

A group of our Aboriginal students were given the opportunity to take part in a local cultural event, being held at Horseshoe Bend. Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Wimmera CMA, Goolum Goolum, Parks Victoria and the National Landcare Program had organised a community gathering to celebrate Wotjobaluk culture through the strengthening and showcasing of cultural practices. This was in order to (re)connect communities and exchange cultural ideas for the enjoyment and benefit of Traditional Owners and their future generations. Our students learnt about traditional cooking practices by assisting to make "clay balls" for the Earth Oven recreation. Parks Victoria ranger and local Traditional Owner, Damien Skurrie, spoke with the students about their history and encouraged them to engage in activities such as this, to ensure that their culture is not lost. The students had a great time being out on country and getting their hands dirty!

Friday 20th October 2017

Aboriginal Flag Bollards

In 2017, School Captain, Kynan Clarke, painted some bollards around a central garden bed in the colours and design of the Aboriginal Flag. The garden was totally refurbished as part of a VCAL project.

DMSC appoints first Indigenous School Captain - 2017

Koorie student Kynan Clarke was thrilled to become the first Indigenous School Captain of Dimboola Memorial Secondary College.

Kynan Clarke pictured with joint School Captain, Remi Kuhne.

Kynan was elected as a Hindmarsh Shire Youth Councillor in 2017. He is pictured with his mother, Kerrie Clarke.

Kynan Clarke speaking at the Darwin Defenders commemoration in Horsham in 2017.


Marrung Launch

In October 2016, Year 11 student Kynan Clarke was asked to speak at the Department of Education and Training, Marrung Aboriginal Plan launch in Horsham. Kynan went on to be School Captain in 2017. Kynan’s mother, Kerrie Clarke, also spoke at the forum.

Contact Details

Belinda Frost
DMSC Cultural Inclusion Officer

T: (03) 5389 1460
E: frost.belinda.b@edumail.vic.gov.au
Nola Illin
Koorie Engagement Support Officer (KESO)
Service Support Branch
South Western Victorian Region
Horsham Sub-Regional Office
T: (03) 5310 5300
M: 0457 520 390
E: illin.nola.n@edumail.vic.gov.au
Kerrie Clarke
Koorie Engagement Support Officer (KESO)
Service Support Branch
Wimmera South West Area
Horsham Sub-Regional Office
T: (03) 5310 5329
M: 0459 870 282
E: clarke.kerrie.r@edumail.vic.gov.au


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