Photo: Lockington

MITS Family Newsletter

01 June 2019
Issue Five
Executive Director
In the classroom
Living at Lockington
MITS Pathways
The MITS Student Page
The MITS Photo Booth
MITS 2019 Term 2 Dates
Melbourne Indigenous Transition School
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Executive Director

Photo: ABC Breakfast Show

What a fantastic celebration our students have had over the past two weeks in Melbourne, with Dreamtime at the ‘G followed by Reconciliation Week.

 

Over the past four years these important weeks have become some of the most anticipated in our MITS calendar.  For our students, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the great community of people who come to support them at MITS.  From banner making with the cheer squad, to hosting Richmond players and staff for lunch, to the celebrations at the ‘G, we see the strength of the community that our students are a part of and the great gifts that they bring to Melbourne and share with all around them.

 

Over the coming weeks, our focus returns to the classroom, where the students are making great progress.  A particular focus is reading aloud to adults – through the support of our great staff and volunteers, our MITS students will be reading to an adult every day.  I encourage our parents to talk with your kids about their reading and to continue their reading with them when they return home for holidays in a few short weeks.

Edward Tudor

 

 

Photo: Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre

In the classroom

Photo: Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre

I am writing this newsletter article from the Simpsons Barracks where our students are taking part in a Reconciliation Week AFL Carnival.  Earlier in the year the students designed jumpers for the carnival and Ruby, Kurt, Tatiana and Shakira had their jumpers selected to be used as the jumpers for the games.  They look great and each student spoke about their design and what it represents to them.  

 

Last week the students visited the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum to view thousands of cultural artefacts that are held in underground collections rarely viewed by the public.  The MITS students were given access to these collections as well as a huge collection of animals that had been both stuffed and preserved in liquid.  While this was an incredible experience, there were some smells that did test a few stomachs.

 

The museum visit formed part of the term 2 art project that is being supported by Monash University - MUMA which has seen students learning and then applying photo editing skills using Adobe Photoshop.  It always amazes me how quickly students pick up new skills and I can't wait to see the end results of their work.  The students have been lucky enough to have the support of Artist in Residence, Haley Millar-Baker to help develop their ideas.

 

This week, I had the pleasure of taking a Persuasive Writing Class and I was so impressed with the students ability to develop strong arguments, both for and against about a range of topics.  The one topic that got them out of their seats was, 'Animals should be kept in a zoo'.  The arguments that they developed on both sides were well thought out and delivered with passion.  It was no surprise that they were so skilled at developing their arguments, with Ms. Sally inviting a couple of special guests into the MITS classroom to teach them how they use persuasion as a tool, to be successful in their daily work.

 

Finally, Dreamtime Week has been and gone and what a week it was.  The students were incredible representatives of MITS and their own communities as they mixed with the entire staff including the players of Richmond Football Club at the Dreamtime Lunch and among other things stood as the Guard of Honour for the Richmond players as they ran out in front 80,000 people for the Dreamtime at the G game.  

Ryan Martin

Photo: Dreamtime at the G

Living at Lockington

Photo: Dreamtime at the G

The cold and wet Melbourne weather has set in but that hasn’t stopped the MITS students from getting involved in a variety of activities over the past three weeks!

 

Our weekends have been very football orientated with all 22 playing for Richmond Junior Footy Club and getting to know their new teammates and coaches. On the weekend RJFC recognised Reconciliation Week and the Sir Doug Nicholls Round with many MITS students being captain for the day and being acknowledged for their great performances by winning medals and awards.

 

The lead up to Dreamtime at the G was amazing as you can see in the photos! We enjoyed making the banner and lunch with the players at Lockington. Some students then watched the VFLW and VFL before performing the Guard of Honour for the VFL match. On the night the 2019 crew performed a Guard of Honour on the MCG in front of 80,000 people and then watched the match with over 80 past MITS students, host families and schools.

Other fantastic activities on the weekend and after school have included cooking at Food and Desire, being in the live TV audience of the Fox Footy program Bounce, shopping at Chadstone, a St Kevin’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and relaxing with card games and board games around Lockington.

Brad Carmody

MITS Pathways

Dreamtime at the G

 

With over 80 allocated seats for current MITS staff, students, Alumni, Host and Home Families and Partner School staff, it’s fair to say we had an amazing time at the G…without getting too wet! It was great for everyone to enjoy this very important and special event together. 

 

                                               

 

 

 

Brighton Grammar boys at St Kilda RAP Launch

 

The Brighton Grammar boys were lucky enough to attend the St Kilda RAP and Indigenous Jumper launch, along with the St Kilda game. Thanks to the newly appointed Indigenous Coordinator Nathan Lovett-Murray who is already making a huge impact on the boys.  The boys got to meet some legends and movie stars!

                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firbank Grammar School

In mid-May Jodie, Jenae and some classmates joined the Brighton Grammar boys for dance and art, and there were smiles all round. Jodie has spent the past week in the boarding-house at Firbank - all Year 9 students do this rotation and she has loved getting to know the 4 girls in her room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingswood College

Deadly Aedrt by Marlene and Denise (with her iPad stand).

                                             

 

 

 

 

 

Siena College


Siena celebrated Reconciliation Week with a Welcome to Country and a presentation about the meaning of Reconciliation. The girls were presented with the School’s Fire Carrier badge for their contribution to the event and sharing of their culture.

 

 

The MITS Student Page

Baker Boy

On Saturday, we walked down to catch a tram so we could see the  Baker Boy concert. It wasn’t a long ride and it only took a few minutes to get there. When we arrived, we had to find a spot to sit down but  the MITS kids had to wait until the other performers finished because it was busy. The MITS kids went to the front to watch Baker Boy perform his first song which was 'Black magic'. His next song was 'Mr Ladi da' I was waiting for that song.  

It was the end of his performance and he did a last dance and it was all over and done quickly. All the girls took the tram back except for Debbie Rose and Serena.  They joined all us boys as we walked back in the dark which was heaps of fun. 

After we got back we were all really tired. We all had a glass of milk and milo in a cup then got ready for bed. "Lights out!" Paddy yelled.

Chadstone Shopping Centre

On Saturday, Paddy took the boys to Chadstone Shopping Centre for some shopping. Cliffton and I bought new shoes from Footlocker.  Cliffton bought his shoes from Culture Kings.  They were pretty flash. I also went to Culture King and I bought a new Boston Celtics hat and some socks too.

After that I purchased the new Indigenous Round Collingwood jumper from Rebel Sport as well as some tights for football because it is getting pretty cold in Melbourne. 

Paddy picked us up and while I was waiting I watched the Collingwood versus St Kilda game on my phone.  Collingwood won!

By Kurt

 

Dreamtime at the G Lunch

On 23rd May all the MITS kids had lunch with all the Richmond players and the staff, we had so much fun. We had to talk with the players and kick the footy around and take some photos which was great. I had a photo with Shai Bolton. Pauline, Rhiannon, Adam and Marley took a photo with Daniel Rioli who designed a football jumper with a turtle on it which is his Totem.   Some of the MITS kids bought the jumper and were wearing it at the lunch. and w

Before the lunch ended we sung our MITS song which was was fun. 

During the week we helped to make the  banner for the Richmond players for the Dreamtime at the G game.  

By Serena

Photo: Tatiana and Alex Rance

The MITS Photo Booth

Photo: Tatiana and Alex Rance

Once again ... you guessed it, really busy!

 

Photo: Pauline, Rhiannon and Dusty

MITS 2019 Term 2 Dates

Photo: Pauline, Rhiannon and Dusty

Dates to remember

 

Monday 27th - 31st May

Reconciliation Week

Friday 31st May

Simpsons Barracks Excursion

Saturday 8th - 10th June

Queen's Birthday Weekend

Friday 28th June

Students Return Home

 

 

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