A productive day out for the SAASTA Elite Netball Program. These young ladies were able to show off all the development they have achieved so far this year, performing extremely well in today's Specialist Schools Carnival. With 2 big wins and a couple of narrow, hard fought losses - things are really starting to click for this talented group. Great signs ahead of our trip to the Gold Coast carnival in a fortnights time. A special thanks to our stand in super coach, the recently retired Carla Borrego. A wonderful support and a great role model for the students to learn from!
Some great snaps of the SAASTA Elite Netball Program student's at yesterday's curtain raiser game against SA Nunga Netball, before the ANZ Championship Indigenous Match between the Adelaide Thunderbirds & West Coast Fever. Well done to both teams, and particularly Carron Daveson who was voted best on court for the SAASTA Team. Special congratulations to Quorn Area School & SAASTA student Jumeka Saunders for having her indigenous netball dress design chosen to be worn by Thunderbirds for the match. Jumeka made this design as part of a task for last year's SAASTA Shield curriculum. She is pictured below with both captains tossing the coin before the match.
Fantastic reconciliation breakfast this morning with some inspiring Aboriginal youth speakers. Proud to see some current and ex SAASTA students- Jaylon Newchurch & Marcellus Enalanga
A huge congratulations to Yr 12 student Elijah Satala, from Southern Vales Christian College, for being voted by his peers as the 2016 Captain of the SAASTA Aboriginal AFL Academy. Elijah is in his second year at the academy, and serves as a great role model to his classmates after successfully completing his Certificate 3 in Sport and Recreation last year and now becoming a leader in the Cross Disciplinary Studies class. His attitude on the field for both training and games is fantastic, and his approachable & respectful nature will help him to serve as a strong leader for the group. Congratulations Elijah - wear the #1 guernsey with pride!
Through their hard work in the classrooms over the past 14 weeks, 400+ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students have been able gain (with only a little bit more work to go) valuable SACE Credits by completing the SAASTA Integrated Learning subject this semester. I know we are all already counting down to the 2017 Aboriginal Power Cup....but for now, we should reflect on the wonderful times we have shared and memories created over the past few months. A massive kudos needs to go out to the sometimes unsung heroes of such a big program - the staff in our SAASTA schools. Their hard work, extra time, dedication and care is what supports students to get over the line when the going can get tough! Likewise, let's applaud all the students for the efforts they have put into the learning opportunities offered to them, whether it be classroom, practical or culturally based. The incredible experience for students to perform a cultural dance on Adelaide Oval (shown below) is the culmination of a lot of hard work from so many people. I know watching it back makes the SAASTA staff even more proud of the achievements of our young people, and we hope to continue to deliver this curriculum/program for many years to come....
Another wonderful video of the experiences of our SAASTA Aboriginal AFL Academy lads and their recent experiences in Melbourne. Wonderful to see all these exciting young men grasping their opportunities with both hands and learning from some fantastic organisations and mentors... #SAASTA #PowerAboriginalPrograms #EnergyAustralia
The SAASTA Elite Netball Program girls spent the afternoon with fitness coach Simon, pushing the tempo and really putting their new kicks through their paces - Pushing Performance
Just a quick note to participating students and parents :) With the up and coming Aboriginal Power Cup don't forget to make sure that you have your black formal pants and shoes ready for the awards ceremony and Dance on Adelaide Oval so that you look the part.
If you didn't see the telecast of the game Sat night, check out some photos of the SAASTA Aboriginal AFL Academy boys joining in with their Power brothers to sing team song after the win - what an amazing experience!!
A great day for the SAASTA Aboriginal AFL Academy - running out victors in a great display, AAA 15.10.100 to Laguntas 8.7.55
Home stretch now. End of the 3rd quarter and AAA are leading 13.9.87 to 4.7.31 - lets finish strong boys!!
Perfect day for footy! Half time and a great start by our boys, with AAA 9.7.61 leading Laguntas 2.7.19
Great start by the boys! 1/4 time and AAA are up 6.5.41 to Laguntas 2.1.13
Check out these snaps of the SAASTA AAA Lads and their time in Melbourne so far. We are just heading off to Punt Rd now for the big game....
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." A generous gift with the expectation of nothing in return. Proud to see you represent!
After arriving in Melbourne, the SAASTA Aboriginal Academy boys went down to Arden St for a walk through the North Melbourne FC facilities and a meet & greet with Lindsay Thomas, Daniel Wells & Jed Anderson. Now just settling into the hotel before the big week ahead!