Golden learn­ing op­por­tu­nity

Broome Advertiser - - Golden Oldies Morning Tea - Robert Dougherty

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.”

Pic­tures: Robert Dougherty

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.

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