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Radford College, Bruce, ACT
Radford College is a co-educational
day school with 1620 students
from early learning to Year 12.
Principal: Mrs Fiona Godfrey.
SINCE 2011, students from Radford
College’s Senior School have assisted
at rural and remote schools in northern
NSW that typically have a high or full
Indigenous enrolment. Our students help
staff and children unconditionally and
energetically wherever and whenever
they can, while sharing their own
experiences through art, song, sport
and stories, to name but a few, both
within and beyond the school gates.
Our mantra is ‘Never to, not for, but with
people’, and this philosophy governs
our approach to relationship building
and service learning in what are now
known as Gamilaraay or ‘G-Trips’, in
acknowledgement of the Gamilaraay
people of the region.
The program is now 11 visits old, and the
mutual benefits of returning, as opposed
to one-off service endeavours or ‘tours’,
are becoming increasingly apparent.
Radford students gain from direct
exposure to the social injustices
occurring in their very own backyard,
Guildford Grammar School,
Guildford Grammar School has 1200
students, including 148 boarders in Years
7-12 . The School is co-educational from
Kindergarten to Year 6 and boys only in Years
7-12 . Headmaster : Mr Stephen Webber.
GUILDFORD Grammar School in
Western Australia has a long history
of providing educational opportunities
for Indigenous students. Since
1905, over 150 Indigenous students
have attended the School.
Today, 41 Indigenous students attend
Guildford Grammar, 34 in the Senior
School and seven in the Preparatory
School, and a full-time Indigenous
Program Coordinator is responsible for
a range of programs aimed at retaining
the students and ensuring that their
pastoral care is culturally sound. He also
helps develop curriculum information
that is used across the School to educate
students on some key components of
Indigenous culture and history.
In 2013 the School formed its own
Indigenous dance troupe – Boodjar
Bidi – meaning country pathways or
country tracks. The name captures the
wider significance of the educational
journey of our Indigenous students.
Each one is creating their own track
during their time at the School; the
more they continue on their path, the
sooner it will become a permanent
track along which other people from
their community will be able to follow.
One of the main goals in establishing the
dance troupe was to help students stay
connected to their culture while learning
and living in a fast-paced world. The
dance troupe also helps showcase
Indigenous culture and demonstrates
that one of the world’s oldest living
cultures is still strong today.
Boodjar Bidi are in high demand as
performers and last year performed
for several businesses and schools,
including Fortescue Metals Group,
Governor Stirling High School and
Midvale Primary School. They
also performed at the opening of
the Anglican Schools’ Association
Conference held in Perth in 2014,
and were once again a huge hit,
with teachers amazed at the dancers’
confidence and strong performance.
Boodjar Bidi represented Guildford
Grammar School twice on national
television in 2014. Two students
were flown to Sydney to appear as
special guests on the SBS Insight
program, and five of the students
danced live for the Channel Nine
Today show, in preparation for the
Wardarnji Festival in Fremantle.
Last year, six members of Boodjar
Bidi traveled to Singapore to perform
alongside the School’s rock band and
orchestra at a corporate function for
our alumni. This was a new experience
for many of the boys and provided a
wonderful opportunity to showcase
their skills and adaptability. It was
also a highly visible statement of
the status we accord to Indigenous
culture in our School.
GUILDFORD Grammar School’s Indigenous
dance troupe, Boodjar Bidi, helps students stay
connected to their culture.
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