Inaugural Interschool Traditional Indigenous Games Carnival – 9th November 2017

We are proud to deliver the Young Achievers Club program in a number of Perth metropolitan primary schools. It has been proven to increase Aboriginal student attendance, cultural identity and pride; and improve academic performance and parental school engagement. At the end of each term, the program includes a cultural celebration, which can take many forms. Past celebrations have included dreamtime stories by Elders, excursions to local significant sites, bush tucker and traditional art and dance. This term, we again tried something different, an Interschool Traditional Indigenous Games Carnival.

More than 90 students from five schools – Arbor Grove Primary School (PS), Ashfield PS, East Maddington PS, Midvale PS & West Beechboro PS – participated in a fun round robin competition playing Borna Jokee (originating from the Nyoongar nation) and Ilye from the Wogadj people of Central Australia.

The event launched with a welcome to country by Elder, Liz Hayden and a traditional dance performance, in which teachers and children joined. At the end of the competition, Arbor Grove PS took the Championship Cup and a place on the Perpetual Trophy. Along with runner-up Midvale PS, team members also received individual medals.

We would like to thank the participating schools, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (program funding partner), Swan Districts Lions Club (lunch preparation and serving), Brian Hadwin (Earth Bound Photografae), Midland Bus Company, Liz Hayden, Olman Walley Productions (dance), Phil Hobbs and Department of Communities (venue – Keith Maine Centre).

2017 City to Surf Fun

It was another great Chevron Activ City to Surf event with sunny Kambarang weather. Honouring this year's NAIDOC theme, 'Our languages matter', the 2017 NWS team name was 'Moorditj Koorliny' - moving well. Team members in 4 & 12 kms walk and run categories enjoyed companionship & a good vibe on the course & afterwards in the team marquee. With sponsorship from Lavan, team members enjoyed a healthy snack & compared stories. The atmosphere was enriched by a dance performance courtesy of our marquee neighbour, Newmont Australia & Reconciliation WA. Thank you to Brian and Kymberli (Earth Bound Photografae) who captured some of the fun.

Tenth Anniversary Celebration

On Thursday 17th August, we were joined by over 80 valued government, corporate and community partners and distinguished guests to celebrate Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports’ 10th anniversary.

After being Welcomed to Country by Elder and Board Director, Nick Abraham; Acting CEO, Mark Griffin and Board Chairperson, Wayne Nannup spoke about past, current and future activities with thanks given to the many government, corporate and community partners that enable and strengthen NWS’ achievements. Gayle Higgins, Associate Principal West Beechboro Primary School spoke about the NWS Young Achievers Club that has delivered outstanding outcomes for Aboriginal children in her school.

During the celebration, some of the past Board Chairpersons and Board Members/Directors were acknowledged and thanked - George Hayden, Gordon Cole, Daniel Morrison, Rishelle Hume and Chris Hill - with a Certificate of Appreciation and Kirrikin scarf/necktie.

Guests enjoyed cocktail food by Kuditj Catering and musical entertainment by Billie Court. Thanks also go to Peter Capes, Kevan Sparks and the Subiaco Football Club for venue support and Brian Hadwin from Earthbound Photografae for event images captured.

A novel feature of the event was an illustration of the organisation’s ability to provide cultural experiences. Guests were invited to contribute to a commemorative artwork that was partially painted on the night.

With the support of the community and other valued partners, we look forward to 10 more years dedicated to increasing the holistic health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Nyoongar country.

NWS receives professional development boost

Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports was one of 51 not-for-profit (NFP) community organisations awarded a scholarship by the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA). The Institute is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and for nearly 25 years has recognised and supported the work of the NFP sector through these scholarships.

“We sincerely thank AIM WA for their generous support and plan to use the scholarship to continue to advance staff leadership and management skills”, said Mark Griffin, Acting CEO. Photos of Jarred Franey, NWS Community Development Officer, accepting the award from Professor Gary Martin (AIM WA CEO) and making an acceptance speech at the ceremony on the 23rd March are courtesy of AIM WA.