On Friday the 9th of September, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 9 and 10 who have been participating in the AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) program attended the final program day. Since May earlier this year, the students have been attending program days at ANU which consist of workshops, activities and guest speakers. The students were grouped with their age groups and spent the time getting to know students from schools all over the ACT and each individual had their own Mentor. Their Mentor is a university student who attends ANU and they spent time talking about aspirations, how school is going and general advice on how to live the values of the AIME program.
The final program day was at the Novotel building in the city and the main focus was on celebrating everything that happened at AIME throughout 2016. Each student rocked their AIME Retro Hoodies and JPC was particularly mentioned as a new school that has joined the program and achieved so much. We were lucky to hear the musical talents of Jack Biilmann who has featured on Triple J and had some fun playing with the photo booth. It was extra special when each of our students received a certificate for participating in AIME during 2016 and an exceptional mention goes to Niagha Ward in Year 10 who was awarded our Ambassador of Indigenous Success award to commence in 2017 when representing JPC.
We look forward to continuing our relationship with AIME throughout the year, particularly on Tuesday’s when the organisers of AIME and students studying at ADFA come and assist our group with homework, assessments and simply strengthening the mentoring experience.