Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett

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    Perth's first Aboriginal Government school named

    30/11/2000 12:15 PM
     
    30/11/00

    Perth’s first Government Aboriginal school has been named to reflect the students it is being established to produce - excellent and strong.

    Education Minister Colin Barnett said today he had endorsed the name Moorditj Noongar Community College, chosen by the school’s interim board.

    “Moorditj in the Noongar language means ‘strong; solid; excellent’, which is very appropriate for this ground-breaking school,” Mr Barnett said.

    “The college’s aim is to create an environment in which Aboriginal students feel supported to explore their potential and excel in their chosen areas.

    “In this way they can become confident adults and role-models in their community.”

    Mr Barnett said the name Moorditj was suggested by the school’s implementation committee, which included local Aboriginal community members, and was endorsed unanimously.

    He said the college board had also decided its school uniform. Its colours would be electric blue and black.

    “The blue was picked because it represents water, which plays a significant part in many Noongar stories,” Mr Barnett said.

    “The school is also surrounded by two creeks which are very important to local Noongars and has a water feature at its entrance.

    “The school is in the process of commissioning designs for the school emblem which will be finalised for the start of school.”

    Mr Barnett said that to date 145 students had enrolled at the school and five of those were non-Aboriginal students.

    He said the $4.5 million Midvale College would open in February, initially catering for Kindergarten to Year 3 students, and gradually expanding to Year 10.

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