The main attraction for us to do this roadie was so we could be at the official opening of Currawah Adventist Aboriginal College which was held on Monday afternoon. The boarding school is located half-way between Coolabah and Brewarrina in North Western NSW.
I’m lost for words to describe our time in the bush with these beautiful kids, and their carers and teachers. Each one of them are an absolute treasure and we can’t wait for each one of them to grow into amazing young men and women. They will be able to show their family and friends that the cycle can be broken and the gap can be closed.
At the moment there are 16 Indigenous 12-13 year olds who currently attend this new boarding school and they are all in Year 7. Some kids have arrived at the beginning of the year not being able to write their own name. The level of ability currently sits between Kindergarten to Year 5 – this won’t be for long! The teachers have already seen massive progress in the 6 months that the school has been operating.
The setting is stunning with the emus, brown snakes, wild pigs, amazing bird-life and kangaroos. It sits on the Bogan River and has a constant water supply.
This is our mate Tommy. He did a brilliant job of playing the didgeridoo in the opening ceremony. Nice Bunnies shorts Tommy.
The kids have StormCo T-shirts as their uniform for the moment until the kids design their new uniform with Uncle Leo’s help, the Indigenous chaplain, for next year.
The picture above is the kids and their teachers singing “Shine Jesus Shine” which got me all teary.
The Holy Spirit is moving and there is big vision for this school.
This is Teak (I think!) and he is exactly the same mix as our Rusty (Jack Russell x Maltese). He loves chasing pigs and playing fetch with anyone who wants to play with him. The kids love him to bits.
So there you have it, that was our adventure to Currawah. I’ll jump at the next opportunity to dash up the Mitchell Highway. In fact if you ever get an opportunity to go up there, you need to take it and go.
P.S. We didn’t end up sleeping in the back of the car as there was a free room in the green fibro. LUCKY!