Photo: Sam, Bruce, Cliffton and Antonio

MITS Family Newsletter

14 September 2019
Issue Eight
Executive Director
In the classroom
Living at Lockington
MITS Pathways
The MITS Student Page
The MITS Photo Booth
MITS 2019 Term 3 Dates
Melbourne Indigenous Transition School
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Photo: Tatiana and Moniquah

Executive Director

Photo: Tatiana and Moniquah

It was a real privilege to visit our students last week on their Outdoor Education Group camp on Taungurung Country at Eildon, in country Victoria.  This is the second year that we have partnered with OEG to provide a journey-based camp that challenges students to push themselves outside of their comfort zones, work together in teams to complete a range of exciting activities and challenges and connect with Country.


As you would expect, every one of our students threw themselves into the camp and activities, worked effectively in their teams to encourage and support each other and made the most of the opportunities to extend themselves and learn on Country.  They returned an even more cohesive, mature and inspirational group – they should feel very proud of themselves!


While camp week was underway our team were using the time to get to know our applicant students for 2020, visiting communities across the Northern Territory and Victoria.  We will be offering positions to new students and families in early Term 4 and are really excited to get to prepare for their arrival next year.


And, we’re really excited that over the past few weeks works have commenced on our Alumni Girls Boarding House.  We have a fantastic team of MITS corporate supporters coming together to deliver the building project and are can’t wait for our first group of alumni girls to move into the boarding house in January 2020!

Ed Tudor

Photo: The more you read the more you know.

In the classroom

Photo: The more you read the more you know.

Book Week was a real highlight of the last month with a number of pretty special activities that the students participated in.  The Richmond Football Club staff were incredibly accomodating in making time to come up to the classroom and share with the MITS students the books they love.  Our students reciprocated this sharing with their own favourite books.  The week was topped off with Alex Rance coming up to the classroom to talk about the books he has written.  The students were fascinated and barely asked a question about football.


In the classroom this past month the students have been working diligently on their story writing.  They have been following a Writers Workshop format to help them with their ideas. As they get them down on paper they are then using their classmates to help them edit their work.  This process has been really great to watch as the students are sharing their ideas and helping support each other as they add colour to their stories with a range of more descriptive language options.  When they have finished these stories I'll share them via this newsletter.


Once again it has been super busy in the and out of the classroom.  A couple of weeks back the students travelled to Mt Buller for the now annual MITS Snow Trip.  The students had a ball and were greeted with heaps of snow and great instructors that had them barrelling down the hill by the afternoon.  While there was not great control in many cases the students have returned with stories of downhill skiing excellence.  


The 2019 MITS students have recently returned from a week long Outdoor Education Group Camp at Lake Eildon in Victoria.  The students canoed, hiked, camped, cooked, climbed among other things and challenged themselves to get out of their comfort zone.  The students have talked positively about the experience over the last week.  A massive thanks to Thuy and Brady for leading the group over the 5 days.


Last week Ms. Sally and I were travelling around the Northern Territory meeting the students who have applied to come to MITS in 2020.  It was the best week and we met some incredible students and their families.  I did a similar trip with Patrick Bowden a few weeks before that and from the students and families that we have met I am incredibly confident that this next group of students will be as special as the 2019 group.  

Ryan Martin

Photo: Football Stars

Living at Lockington

Photo: Football Stars

This year was the fourth year of the MITS association with Richmond Junior Football Club and by far the most successful. For the first time all 22 students registered in a team and all students completed the full season. For most of the MITS crew this was their first time playing a full season of AFL. Every single student should be extremely proud of the way they conducted themselves at training and in matches throughout the season. Below is a brief summary of the teams our students played in.


U/12 Boys– Marley and Cliffton were instrumental in this team making a Preliminary final. Marley grew in confidence as the year progressed as a key position player. Cliffton was a dominant on baller who polled 11 votes in the vote count to be judged fifth best in the league by the umpires.

U/13 Boys– Sam, Max, Kurt, Adam, Antwan and Paul were great team players who helped their side reach the finals. All six boys played key roles in various positions throughout the year. Many highlights included snap goals, big tackles and thumping kicks.

U/15 Boys– Antonio, Bruce and Isaiah played up an age group this year and showed great courage against bigger bodies every week. Bruce found his spot on the wing, Antonio kicked some nice goals and Isaiah was not afraid to tackle the big boys or step them with his pace. 

U/13 Girls Black– Marcia, Serena, Pauline, Rumarlea and Rhiannon played a wonderful season together. They all improved each week and Marcia was equal 8thbest player in the league vote count! Serena was chosen to represent the YJFL and Pauline kicked some great goals. Rhiannon and Rumarlea grew in confidence and were important players for their team every week.

U/13 Girls Yellow– Moniquah, Ruby, Debbie, Shakira and Tatiana were part of a special year in which their team made the Grand Final. Highlights for the season included Ruby’s ferocious tackling, Shakira’s booming kicks, Moni’s 35 + goals for the season, Tatiana’s marking and ball control and Debbie’s 8thplace in the league vote count as a rebounding backline player. All girls should be thrilled of their achievements and wear their runner’s up medals with pride.

U/14 Girls– Naomi (alumni) and Latisha also made the Grand Final and enjoyed a successful season. Naomi won the league Best and Fairest and Latisha showed determination and skill each week whether playing in defence or attack.

U/15 Girls– Latoya (alumni) re-joined RJFC and had a great season helping her team reach the Preliminary final. Her determination and attack on the football resulting in more than one trip to the doctor!


All students should be extremely proud of themselves, thanks to all the volunteers, RJFC parents and MITS staff who have helped transport the students to their matches each week!

Brad Carmody


MITS Pathways

The Australian Dream

We were lucky enough to get invited to the screening of Adam Goode’s documentary The Australian Dream by the Engagement Coordinator Shareena Clanton from the City of Melbourne.  We had our current and many of our Alumni students, host families and staff attend the very powerful and touching film.  We were then invited into a private section for lunch which was fantastic. Thanks to all involved. 😊

AFL Indigneous High Performance Day

Some of our current and Alumni female students were invited to the trials for the AFL Indigenous Kickstart performance day at the Essendon Football Club. The day included some games and fitness testing and were looked after by our very own Brad Copeland. Those selected will then attend a camp in September, then the final 25 will attend the second camp in October. Best of luck to all our girls! 😊





Finals Fever

It’s finals time for some of our students and we are looking forward to cheering them on. We have a few Alumni students in finals which is great news. Below is a pic of Jodie and Jenae’s footy team after training for finals. Good luck to all of our MITS students who will be participating in finals over the next few weeks. 



Poetry from Jodie

Firbank Grammar sent through the below poem written by Jodie.  The poem is about her time at Lockington. It’s a great poem and we wanted to share with you all. 


Life at Lockington

This place is so noisy 

Kids playing footy, screaming,

Laughing, shouting.

Room at night full of scary darkness.

Cars beeping the horn in the middle of the night.

Strangers walking past screaming.

Footy fans wearing black and yellow scarves. 

We walk to St Kevins to do homework in the library. 

Staff getting grumpy at us because we make a lot of noise. 

Owls crying at night. 

Telling some stories around the campfire.

Every Thursday getting some chocolate muffins 

From Rowena’s café.

Con pulls up at Lockington to say hi with his old Mercedes.

Swimming in the sunny hot weather at St Kilda beach.

The day I left I felt really emotional 

I knew that I would come back again next year

By Jodie Palipuaminni xx












Photo: Book Week with the RFC Staff

The MITS Student Page

Photo: Book Week with the RFC Staff



One of Richmond’s star football players, Shane 'Shedda' Edwards was about to play his 250th game. The Richmond Football Club asked the MITS kids to present him with something special for this extra special occasion. Instead of History class, as a group we decided to design five football jerseys. We researched his story and tried to include his aboriginal heritage, the Arunta people. We also included some Richmond colours and other designs.
On that Friday,  9th August we presented the jerseys to Shedda in front of all the RFC football players during their weekly meeting in the Graeme Richardson Room. Shedda was very grateful and surprised.  Later in the day he came to the classroom to thanks us for giving him something so special to recognise his 250th game.  He talked about the jerseys and asked for a photo with all of us.

We had a lot of fun making the jerseys and I’m really happy that he liked them.

Ruby Rosas 

Photo: Robotics Class with St Joseph's Primary

The MITS Photo Booth

Photo: Robotics Class with St Joseph's Primary

Term 3 and it isn't over yet!


Photo: OEG Camp

MITS 2019 Term 3 Dates

Photo: OEG Camp

Dates to remember


Tuesday 10th September

Bangarra Dance Company Workshop

Wednesday 11th September

Bangarra Dance Company Performance

Wednesday 18th September

Swinburne University Animation Workshop

Tuesday 24th September

Australian Chamber Orchestra Workshop

Thursday 26th September

End of term - Students travel home





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