Wangetti opens its doors to public
DJARRAGUN College’s Wangetti campus opened its doors to the public last Thursday to celebrate their new pool and new beginnings.
The school closed last year after an alleged government fraud of $3 million and reopened this year after Cape York Partnerships took over and provided financial sustainability for the campus.
Three months on and with $160,000 from the Department of Communities Sports and Recreation, the campus has successfully been relaunched with a 22-metre pool for the children and community.
Father Paul Beasley blessed the pool, before three students had a swim-off for fun and head of campus Mark Shrimpton explained the pool is open to the community.
“Nippers from the Ellis Beach community in the stinger season will be able to use the pool for training,” he said.
“And in turn they will train up some students to be lifeguards, it’s a good connection with the local community.”
Mr Shrimpton said the opening of the pool on Thursday was also a celebration of the new term as “new Wangetti”.
“It’s an opportunity to formerly open the new Wangetti, which has been on reduced operations for the last six months,” he said.
“It’s a big thing, being taken over by CYP and now it’s an indigenous school with indigenous ownership, and the students are aiming for their QCE Year 12 equivalency and trade qualifications as well as transitioning into the workforce.
“We offer three trades, automotive engineering, construction and hospitality.
“And children are given the opportunity to celebrate their unique culture through music, art and traditional indigenous dance.”