More than 70 students from St Joseph’s College, Katherine High School and Wugularr School attended the Indigenous Youth Challenge held in Katherine, NT on 24 November.
The theme of the day was – What does the Australian Defence Force have to do with you?
To investigate this question the students interacted with a decision-making program, met some of the ADF’s current ‘modern warriors’, participated in bullring activities which included guard dog and equipment demonstrations, watched a video showcasing the contribution of Indigenous Australians to today’s Defence Force and then broke into workshop groups to prepare a role-play about the different roles that the ADF plays both in Australia and overseas.
The students threw themselves into the role-plays and showed us how the ADF provides peacekeepers around the globe, cares for country, helps Indigenous communities, defends the nation and responds to humanitarian emergencies.
Almost 70 percent of students rated the program as excellent and some 25% rated it very good! Typical comments on the day were the following:
I enjoyed myself very much.
It was all good.
It was fun and excellent.
Today was the best.
The day was fantastic.
Loved it. Thanks for a lovely day.
I loved learning about other jobs in the Defence Force.
I feel like coming again next year.
The team at Ryebuck would like to thank RAAF Base Tindal for hosting the Challenge and all of the ADF personnel who so graciously gave of their time to meet and work with the students and teachers from the local area.