MADALAH staff, mentors and students officially kicked off 2023 with our very successful Year 7 Camp on the 18th – 19th February.
The camp was held at Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre for our Perth and South West based students.
We would like to acknowledge Morgans Financial for kindly sponsoring this event. We thoroughly enjoyed having Tom and Sam come and join us to meet our students and team, and participate in the Welcome to Country. We sincerely thank them for their generous contribution which helped bring our camp to life!
A group of 46 students arrived at lunchtime on the 18th, and were presented with a wonderful Welcome to Country hosted by Rickeeta Walley and the Ngalak Nidja dance group members Jayden Boundry, Dylan Shillito, Nathan Donald and Ash Penfold. Students and staff were welcomed with traditional dances and music, followed by a smoking ceremony. We would like to say a huge thank you to Ngalak Nidja and Rickeeta Walley for coming out and welcoming our students with their amazing energy!
After the Welcome, students participated in a series of team building activities including high ropes, orienteering, mixed sports and flying fox. After cooling down in the pool and some dinner, they were able to mingle and have some fun at our student disco! This involved a photobooth, glowsticks, limbo and a lot of music, bringing day one to a close.
On day two students enjoyed a cooked breakfast and spent the day rotating across four different stations run by our staff and mentors. These stations included a cultural workshop held by Jayden Boundry, Dylan Shillito & Rickeeta Walley, Yarning Circle, ILP station and a collaborative art piece station, where students also received MADALAH merchandise to take home. Our event was a huge success!
It was amazing to see our cohort of Year 7’s form new friendships, work as a team and build relationships with our MADALAH staff and mentors for the first time. We welcome them to the MADALAH family.