Photo: Rumarlea and Sam - Gala Dinner

MITS Family Newsletter

07 November 2019
Issue Nine

Respect, Courage, Care, Culture

Executive Director
In the classroom
Living at Lockington
MITS Pathways
The MITS Student Page
The MITS Photo Booth
MITS 2019 Term 4 Dates
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Executive Director

A Family Celebration

Last Thursday’s Gala Dinner was a wonderful celebration of MITS and our students.  Again this year the dinner was sold out, with 450 people coming together to show their support for our remarkable students as they take on the challenge of going to school away from home. 


On a beautiful Melbourne night our Class of 2019 proudly welcomed guests as the food&desire chefs roasted whole barramundi over hot coals in the forecourt of Carousel and MITS Class of 2016 student Johnny Minjin played didge.  Our hilarious neighbour Hamish Blake acted as MC again and Australian icon Christine Anu wowed guests with a very special performance, including the Warumpi Band song “My Island Home”.  Bruce, Ruby, Rumerlea, Sam, Latisha and Marley all took to the lectern and spoke magnificently.


The theme for this year’s dinner was “Our MITS Family”.  We were particularly fortunate to have MITS Class of 2018 and Class of 2020 mum Kelly Rosas speak about her family’s journey with MITS.  It was moving and inspiring to hear of her sons’ commitment to education and the courage of them and their family to make the big step to MITS.


While the Gala Dinner is a celebration of our students, it’s also a very important fundraiser for MITS.  Again this year our MITS Family chose to support MITS with great generosity, to ensure that many more students are able to benefit from a great MITS education.  It was a very special night for all of our MITS Family, and we’re already excited for next year’s dinner!

Ed Tudor

Photo: Latisha creating the opening scene for the Swinburne University Animation Project

In the classroom

Photo: Latisha creating the opening scene for the Swinburne University Animation Project

On the first Saturday back after the holidays all of the MITS students were involved in an event referred to as Conversation Morning.  This is an event where the students meet the key teachers from their new school and share with them information about themselves, their learning goals, achievements they are proud of and they also share some advice with the schools about how they learn best.  The students produce a presentation to support the conversation.  The students did a fantastic job and presented with a great deal of confidence and it was really evident how much progress they have made this year throughout the morning.


In many ways, the Conversation Morning kick starts a whole range of activities that are focused on making the transition of the students into their Partner Schools as seamless as possible.  Over the coming weeks the students will make regular visits to their partner schools, meeting teachers and students and selecting subjects for next year.  They are all pretty nervous but also excited about the Partner School visits.


In the classroom, we have completed the Swinburne University and Australian Chamber Orchestra Animation Project and it was premiered at the recent Gala Dinner.  The feedback from the guests at the Gala Dinner was incredibly positive and the students got a real buzz out of showing off their work. 


The next few weeks in the MITS classroom are exciting and also busy ones as we continue to prepare them for the 2020 school year.  

Ryan Martin

Photo: Debbie warming up

Living at Lockington

Photo: Debbie warming up


Term 4 has started with a variety of exciting activities for our 22 students at Lockington and here are three of the highlight so far this term.


Koorie Women’s’ Football Carnival

Eight of our girls as well as many alumni girls participated in the Koorie Women’s Football Carnival at Sir Doug Nicholls oval in Thornbury. The girls played for the Cummeragunja Swans team and played three matches over the Saturday and Sunday before qualifying for the Grand Final. The Grand Final was a tough contest and with 18 seconds to go the Swans were behind by two points. Tatiana kicked a goal and the siren sounded with Cummeragunja winning by four points over a team that included several alumni students!


Masterchef Challenge

For most of Term 3 and the beginning of Term 4, some Year 10 St Kevin’s boys have been visiting on a Wednesday afternoon. There has been many games of basketball and some planning for a Masterchef Challenge. The final challenge was held on Wednesday the 30thof October with all four teams making some delicious pizzas. The winning team was Debbie, Pauline, Serina, Antonio, Paul and Isaiah led by Oli and Tom from St Kevin’s.


Trick or Treating

On Thursday 31st October the MITS students dressed up and participated in some Trick or Treating for Halloween around the streets of Richmond. The groups set off in the 30 degree heat and returned with buckets of lollies, chocolate and even some money! Some treats were eaten before being bundled together to enjoy over the long weekend.

Brad Carmody

MITS Pathways

Alumni: Pathways News October 2019


Football Achievements 

We had quite a few of our Alumni students participate in footy finals and the AFL Indigenous youth Kickstart camp. We would like to especially congratulate both Naomi and Jenae for winning their Football League’s B&F which is a huge effort. Congratulations to both! We are very proud.

Firbank Grammar 

Firbank Grammar had an art competition for students which involved creating a design for reusable coffee cups.  Jenae’s design was one of the winners which is fantastic! Jenae was called up in assembly and was given a couple of gifts as well. 

Jenae has also been asked to design the Vampires logo (local footy team) for next year’s training tops. 


Kingswood Colour Run

Kingswood held a Wellbeing Day with several things happening throughout the day, including staff members sharing their stories about someone in their lives who has struggled with mental health and anxiety issues, and the impact it has had on loved ones.  There was also a ‘belong’ photo shoot which had all the kids and staff in it. To finish off such a great day, Kingswood then had their very own colour run.


Charmaine’s work experience

Charmaine spent a week at DPR & Co for some work experience, thanks to one of our fantastic volunteers Richard Ralphsmith.  Charmaine was lucky enough to be the ‘behind the scenes’ photographer for a photoshoot. 

Below is a pic of Charmaine in action at the photoshoot, and a pic of the beautiful painting she completed at Kingswood.


Brighton Grammar and Firbank program with Victorian Aboriginal Health Services

Thanks to the great work of Nathan Lovett-Murray, Kaleb, Cecil, Calvin, Jodie and Jenae have started the Deadly Choices program delivered by the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (Lionel Austin). This is a 6-week program that focuses on nutrition, wellbeing, fitness, alcohol and other drugs. The program is tailored for Indigenous youth and is available nationally. Great work by all!

Trinity Grammar

Tarkyn and Levi in action at the Athletics!

Photo: Moni at home of the football field.

The MITS Student Page

Photo: Moni at home of the football field.

Hamish Blake at MITS

One afternoon last term Hamish came to visit the MITS Cl;assroom and talk to us about how to write a script for television.  Hamish writes scripts for TV shows and True Story is the show he spoke to us about.


We watched one of his videos which was really funny and was the first interview. He told us about how he then had to spend two months writing the script from that interview so they could film for the show. We then watched the show when it was finished. It was really funny.


Hamish also explained how he travelled around the world with his friend Andy coming up with ideas for TV. There was one very funny video he made where he had ants all over his arm. He hates ants and was screeching and screaming to get the ants off his arm. This was very funny but he looked like he was in a lot of pain.


He told us that once he has written a story he needs to spend lots of time editing to get it right. Ms. Sally has been saying the same thing about our writing. Hamish has a new TV show coming out soon. It was great to see him at the Gala Dinner.

Marcia Malibirr


Forest Hill College Visit

On Thursday 31stOctober Clifton, Kurt and and myself went to visit our school for next year.  Jack Williams drove us to Forest Hill College. We were a bit nervous and Jack walked us to the office to meet David Rogers the Principal.


We waited for David at the office. David came to meet us and took us for a tour around the school.  The school looked awesome and everyone was friendly.  David then took us across the Basketball Stadium where Forest Hill have their Sport Academy.  Cliffton stayed with the Basketball Coach and trained with the students. Kurt and I went back to school and we trained with the AFL group.  It was heaps of fun.  


Jack picked us up at the end of the day and we went back to Lockington.  All the MITS boys visited their new schools on the same day.

Isaiah Wilfred

Photo: Robotics Class with St Joseph's Primary

The MITS Photo Booth

Photo: Robotics Class with St Joseph's Primary

Enjoy the Photo Booth there has been a bit going on around MITS


Photo: Marcia about to let the Sherrin sail.

MITS 2019 Term 4 Dates

Photo: Marcia about to let the Sherrin sail.

Dates to remember

13th November - Monash University Excursion


15th November - Tree Tops Excursion


17th November - MITS Family BBQ


12th December - Graduation Dinner


13th December - Students Travel Home







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