Year 11 & 12 Indigenous Students' Experience Day

31 May 2012

The University of Sydney hosted thirty Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the Camperdown campus as a part of National Reconciliation Week.

The students started the day with a warm welcome from the Koori Centre where Lynette Riley (Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator) gave a brief overview of the academic pathways and support services available to Indigenous students at the University. Student ambassadors escorted the group across campus to the Seymour Centre for a guided tour of the exhibition Winds of Change from the Boomali Aboriginal Artists Cooperative. Following this, the students were treated to an exceptional performance of Bindjareb Pinjarra by Deckchair Theatre.

With clear blue skies as a backdrop and with just a touch of wind, the students then returned to the main campus where Shane Houston (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services) officially welcomed the students to the University. and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were raised over the Clock Tower. Following lunch, some students mingled with the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Michael Spence, while others placed their hand in the Sea of Hands public artwork on the Front Lawns.

This was the first visit to the campus for many of the students. The Year 11 & 12 Indigenous Students' Experience day is an initiative offered to a wide range of schools across Sydney - working in close partnership with The Smith Family, the Social Inclusion Unit, and the Koori Centre - which aims to nurture the aspirations of and guide Indigenous students towards higher education. Monday's event was followed by a Year 7 & 8 Indigenous Students' Experience day on Wednesday, which was the biggest yet.

See photos and our video from the day.