Gindikindi is from Elcho Island and 16 years of age. Gindi arrived in Geelong at the end of 2016 and returned for the commencement of Year 10 in 2017. Gindi was identified as a very talented footballer and Geelong Cats were keen for him to join the Geelong Falcons. Gindikindi has great potential on the football field and it will be exciting to see how far he can go with his football. Gindikindi joined Yirrmal on stage at the Port Fairy Folk festival, dancing the traditional Yolngu dances with the other lads.
Cameron joined the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation at the end of 2016 for a four week orientation period and returned at the start of 2017. Cam is from Elcho Island and was identified from the Geelong Cats development team as a talented footballer. Cam is too old for the Geelong Falcons but he has been playing in the Reserves team for Newtown. Cam has joined Jazariah in Year 12 at St. Joseph’s College. Cam is very strong in culture and is a great Yolngu dancer. He joined Yirrmal on stage at Port Fairy Folk festival, impressing crowds with his natural dancing ability.
The Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation welcomed Alviston Wunungmurra to the program in early November 2015. Alviston, aka Alvo, is 17 years old and from the same community as Jazariah – Gapuwiyak. Alvo is very close family with Isaac (a past member), in fact in their culture he calls Isaac ‘Dad’ and he also calls Cam ‘Dad’ which is a really nice relationship to have in the house. Alviston enjoys basketball and joined the Rovers team in 2016. In term 2, 2017 Alviston changed schools and started attending the Flexible Learning Centre – St. Joseph’s, which is located in central Geelong. He made a great start there and it is his goal to continue his education at this campus.
Jazariah is 18, from Gapuwiyak, and has been a strong leader in the Marrma’ Rom program. Jazariah made a really positive start to the program and displayed his commitment by declaring he wanted to stay here and graduate in Year 12. If Jazariah remains focused and committed to this goal, then he will graduate in November 2017.
Jazariah plays football in the U/18 Newtown team and is a valued player each week, usually kicking a goal or two. Although it doesn’t happen often enough, Jazariah does sometimes join Yirrmal on stage dancing and playing the clapsticks. Jazariah was elected the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Deputy Captain for the 2016 school year. A great opportunity for him to display his leadership traits.
Yirrmal Marika was part of the first group that started the leadership program in April 2011. He has had over 6 years of living in two worlds and returned in 2017 for another year of study. Yirrmal is proving to be a future leader of Arnhem Land and plays a very important role in the program now, not only is he continuing to further his own education but he is a mentor to each new participant that enters the program and he is a fantastic advocate of the program each time he returns to his homeland; he is always talking to young lads and to the elders about the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation and the importance of education and learning to live in two worlds.
During his time here Yirrmal successfully obtained a VCAL certificate after completing Years 11 and 12 at St. Joseph’s. In 2013 he decided to do another year of study at St. Joseph’s College; a Year 13 ‘gap’ program consisting of intensive English and Maths. He also completed a Certificate 3 in Music Business at Oxygen Music College during that period. 2014 was a big year for Yirrmal as he moved to Melbourne and studied a Certificate 4 in Music Business at North Melbourne Institute of Technology. This was a tough year for him truly living independently in Melbourne but a successful year in all aspects of his education and learning to live in two worlds. Yirrmal returned to Geelong in 2015 to study a Diploma of Music at Oxygen Music College. He is yet to complete all units of this course but plans to do so at some stage in the future.
2016 was another busy year for Yirrmal. Between his study and his emerging music career, Yirrmal was enthusiastic, extremely passionate and inspired by the positive people and mentors that surrounded him. In 2016 he studied a bridging course in English and Maths at Gordon TAFE in Geelong, and undertook some intensive tutoring in music theory. He successfully obtained his Certificate 1 in Adult Education – literacy and numeracy and commenced the Certificate 2 at the beginning of 2017.
Yirrmal’s hardworking and dedicated attitude has allowed him to continue on his learning journey. He released his debut EP at the end of 2016 and has performed on some big stages amongst some amazing artists, but he remains humble, focused and fully committed to his education.
‘Deep Blue Sea’
written and performed by Yirrmal