Golden learning opportunity
Respect and admiration for your elders was the message of the day for graduating students at the annual Golden Oldies morning tea last week.
For the second year in a row, Broome Bowling Club was selected as the venue for West Kimberley Clontarf Academy Year 12 graduates and senior Broome residents to enjoy a morning of refreshments and sport.
The Broome Senior High School and St Mary’s College students are part of a leadership program to improve education and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
WKCA associate director Nathan Pigram, who gave a speech at the event, said the day provided an excellent opportunity for 17 finalyear students to grow their selfesteem and interact with the public.
“We’ve been hosting the Golden Oldies day for a few years now, and for the boys it’s about giving back to the community and having respect for their elders,” he said.
“It’s good for the boys to have respect for their elders, the boys welcome them in, offer them tea or coffee, which they then make.
“Obviously the golden oldies are very wise and I’m sure they have advice for the boys, such as pathways after schooling, what worked for them and what didn’t.”
Mr Pigram said the day also represented a chance to attend the WKCA’s end-of-year trip to Sydney for graduating Year 12 students between November 12 and 17.
“All the boys have graduated Year 12 recently, we are taking them on a major trip to Sydney and a requirement of going to that trip was to host a community event,” he said.
“The major trip is a carrot that we dangle to motivate the boys to finish their final year, they will go surfing, go on a harbour cruise and go-karting — basically spend a week in Sydney doing fun things.
“It’s a reward trip for the boys completing Year 12, an incentive to keep them going when things get a bit tough and they are thinking about pulling the pin.”
Janice Tamwoy, Dion Parriman, 17, and Fremona Dolby.
Clontarf Academy students and golden oldies listen to speeches.
Syamir Binomar, 17, Lynten Lawford, 18, Renza Vidossich and Jewel Barr.
Nathaniel Holzhauser, 18.
Broome Bowling Club president Kevin May gives Clontarf Academy's Peter Burton and Taj Jamieson some advice to lift their game.
Josh Ahchee, 17, Junie Cattermole and Jasper John, 17.
Diane Vomiero, Trish Barlow and Lenore Batt.
West Kimberley Clontarf Academy student Peter Burton.
Clontarf Foundation associate director Nathan Pigram gives a speech at the event.