Opportunity creates choice
4 July, 2016
Our Gawura students weren’t born yesterday! They know a great opportunity when they see one! 2016 has been a year of making the most of opportunities! Gawura students as young as Kindy and as ‘old as’ Year 12 have been working hard and reaping the rewards. Most of these opportunities are funded by you, our generous donors. The impact of your funding support has never been so evident:
Year 11 student, Keon, applied for funding from our ‘Life Changing Experiences – Gawura Secondary Excursion Fund’ to attend the SACS School music tour to Europe in April. He filled out an application form, was subjected to his first ever, nerve wracking panel interview and on successfully winning the funding, sang his way around Europe! He reported on his music tour experience at our NAIDOC ceremony. He loved singing and playing guitar in the Cathedrals and was in awe of their acoustics – there was no need for microphones! Keon then jumped at the opportunity to participate in a school event organised by Gawura on behalf of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (one of our Gawura mums works for them). The event involved singer songwriter Josh Pyke and Indigenous Opera singer, Deborah Cheetham. Josh and Deborah worked with our kids to create an Indigenous song which will be played later in the year on Indigenous Literacy Day. Deborah was very impressed with Keon and invited him to Melbourne for a choral workshop in June. Due to his hard work and dedication during this intensive workshop and his excellent singing, Deborah invited him to become part of the choir of her Opera, Pecan Summer. Pecan Summer is being performed in the Sydney Opera House on 12 September, 2016! So Keon will be singing in the Opera House! Keon loved the experience so much that he is now choosing to become an Opera Singer after he leaves school! He is focussed on joining Deborah’s Short Black Opera Company!
Kindy student, Kaleb, had a tricky start to school last year, particularly settling into the very new and sometimes daunting routine of school life. His energy, while infectious, needed to be channeled into different areas, so the teachers suggested a transitional year which saw him attend Gawura 2-3 days a week and re-commence full time Kindergarten at the beginning of 2016. Kaleb has chosen to rise to the challenge of being the leading student in Kindergarten this year. He has demonstrated wonderful improvements in concentration and literacy and numeracy. He is doing as well as some of the students in Year 1! He loves settling down each morning with a good book as part of the Gawura Volunteer Morning Reading Programme! Kaleb has also been wonderfully supported by his mum who also reads with him at home. Kaleb comes into school each day with a happy and positive attitude towards school and is always quick to put his hand up in class to answer any questions. We are all so proud of Kaleb and the real effort he is making this year in all aspects of school life.
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