NRL Indigenous Round Thursday, 30th July, 2020

The day consisted of events celebrating culture, building respectful and trustful relationships, passing on knowledge and fostering community connections. 

Engadine High School Students proudly represented their peers and community through a Yarning Circle, a Gili Dancers performance and a collaborative art workshop.  

Rhiannan Eve and Lara Towner from Year 12 were invited to take part in a painting class which was led by local elder Aunty Deanna Schreiber, a respected artist who also delivers the Sharks Cultural Awareness Program in educating students on Aboriginal culture and history. The girls joined other young women from across the Sutherland Shire to paint the boots of the Sharks NRL players for their game this weekend. See the link below which includes a video of the girls in the painting class.

Many students from across our school community listened to Joel Thompson, Manly Sea Eagles great and current Indigenous All Stars Captain, as he shared his story and views on the Indigenous Round in the third Yarning Circle initiated by the NRL School 2 Work Program. 

We were very proud to have Liam Clark deliver ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ to all the students, teachers and NRL representatives tuning in across the Australian eastern seaboard. Well done Liam!

Joel shared many wise words with our students. He said it is really important for our young people to use their voice to make change and not be shamed to speak up. He believes it is everybody’s duty to call out any racial vilification and to succeed one must be prepared to put the work in. Joel finished with incredibly powerful advice for all – “Dream big, work hard and put good people around you.

On Thursday evening the Gili Dancers joined the Clontarf boys from Endeavour High in the first game of the Indigenous Round performing a traditional and contemporary dance and being involved in the pregame smoking ceremony. Our very own Gili Dancers, Stephanie Duric, Alllirah Taylor and Mirren Shaw were super excited to come together with their fellow dancers for such an important occasion. Stephanie said, “I feel privileged and proud to be part of such an important event on the NRL calendar”. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing Tayla Kafoa, our NRL School 2 Work Project Officer who joined us on Thursday for the Yarning Circle and supported Liam to deliver the Acknowledgement of Country. Tayla works very closely with our Aboriginal students in Year 12 and we appreciate her energy, passion and expertise in her field.  

Ms Tracey Miller 

Co-coordinator of Aboriginal Programs 


31st Jul 2020