Messages from our school captains

Leila Bennett – 2020 School Captain

Kyle Crocker – 2020 School Captain

Koorie Leaders

As part of our commitment to share aboriginal culture and make positive change together, we are pleased to announce the new appointment of our school Koorie Leaders. These leaders are:
Shakaya Rodovic, Rohan Clayton and Mia Priest.

Each week for this term, we will feature one of our Koorie leaders so that you can get to know them.

Mia Priest

“Hi I am Mia I am twelve years old and I live with my Nan and Pa and my fourteen year old brother Djarron. My hobbies are doing aboriginal leaf painting, finding out about my family history, watching my family succeed and be happy. I am also interested in the art of acting, the structure of music, basically the knowledge of communication. I love to see people to be able to gather together and be able to communicate with people.
I enjoy doing sports, I have been getting into basketball this year but our family is mostly a soccer family, thanks to Mr Tooley with his new YouTube Channel. I have been checking out that. Oh and annoying my brother if that counts…
I think the three best words that would be to describe me would be loyal, outgoing, inquisitive.
There are a lot of reasons why I like BVSPS, but the biggest one is all the kids regrouping and connecting and to be able to see them happy makes me happy. I intend of seeing that a lot at BVSPS. As John Wooden says “don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” But most of all I could not ask for more grateful and honourable kids.
Being Koorie leader means so much to me. It’s not about the badge, it is about the meaning of the badge. Koori leaders get to share their history and culture with everyone and that will pass it on for ages and give you guys a chance to know how it was like for the elders.
Being Koorie leader, I would like to introduce some famous aboriginal people that some people may not know of. I would like to encourage the school if we could do some more aboriginal painting.
Lastly, I am proud to be identified as a young Koorie leader not just because that’s who I am and always will be but you’re different than everyone else. You have an angelic culture ahead of you. If you are one of those kids that get bullied for being aboriginal, my piece of advice is to “always be proud of who you are, no matter what everyone thinks. They have no power over you.”

Thank you, Mia Priest



 

Shakaya Rodovic

“Hi my name is Shakaya.
One of my hobbies is that I play basketball. I have played since I was 8. I can dribble from one end of the court to the other.
The three words that would best describe me are respectful, bubbly and
friendly.
In Bendigo Violet Street Primary I love that there are so many nice kids and teachers.
I want to be a Koorie Leader because it will be a great experience. I love to put my hand up for things and help others.

What would you like to encourage/introduce/see happening as a Koorie Leader?
As a Koorie leader I would like to teach people about the different aboriginal symbols and what they mean. I would also like to share it with some kids that are interested.
I am proud to identify as Koorie /Aboriginal because I like to hear the stories that my ancestors tell us. My uncle knows a lot of language and
he teaches us some.”

Thank you, Shakaya Rodovic


 

Rohan Clayton

“Hi my name is Rohan.
I really love participating in games. One of my hobbies is that I play basketball.
The three words that would best describe me are helping, energetic and kind.
In Bendigo Violet Street Primary I love that there are friendly people.
I want to be a Koorie Leader because this school should have the experience of these traditions.

What would you like to encourage/introduce/see happening as a Koorie Leader?
As a Koorie leader I would like to encourage and share bushwalks, stories, language, culture, tradition and paintings.
I am proud to identify as Koorie/Aboriginal because it isn’t everyone who is Aboriginal and I feel like I am special.”
Thank you, Rohan Clayton

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