Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

FN57-ZT1Look at who is doing Year 11 at Yirara College! Look at the awesome awards this young man has achieved in the first term back at school. There have been so many opportunities for Zachius Turner while he has been attending school. He has the opportunity to do a school based apprenticeship and also do work experience which will help him to gain jobs in the future.

At school Zachius is learning English, maths, reading, writing, about culture he’s making new friends and going on fun activities, cruising, pictures, swimming, shopping, bowling, football games and sightseeing adventures.

It has not been an easy road for Zachius as there is no senior school available in Mount Liebig so the only option for schooling has been to attend boarding school. This means he leaves his community, family and the ability to grow daily in the lands of his culture.

He did attend school at Shalom College but found it very hard being so far away from his family so he transferred to Yirara College. This gave him the opportunity to stay close to family. Family members can visit the school anytime or he can stay with them while they are in town. Being closer to his community and with the support of Waltja Reconnect allows him to stay connected to family. Waltja Reconnect is very proud and congratulates Zachius Turner (aka ZEE-T) for staying strong at School.