Haileybury Rendall School was officially opened at a ceremony attended by guests from across Australia.
After a busy first week of school, staff and students were joined by the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Hon. Nigel Scullion and the Northern Territory Minister for Education, the Hon. Eva Lawler MLA to celebrate this amazing milestone for Haileybury Rendall School.
Official proceedings began with a beautiful Welcome to Country from Dorrie-Anne Raymond, a representative of the Larrakia People. The Larrakia are the traditional owners of the country in and around Darwin, with over 1,500 descendants living there today.
Haileybury CEO|Principal Derek Scott addressed the audience, highlighting the sense of community that these students share with their fellow students at other campuses in Melbourne and China.
Minister Scullion also spoke about the exciting opportunities for students at the new Darwin campus.
Lots of parents came out in support of the new Darwin campus, as well as representatives from Clontarf Academy and Stars Foundation. Both organisations support Aborignial students, building safe and creative environments to help students succeed.
Other politicians in attendance included the Hon. Warren Snowdon and Mr Luke Gosling OAM, members for Soloman and Lingiara respectively. Mary Oski, Executive Director for VCAA also came to visit the new campus.
Minister Scullion and Minister Lawler unveiling the a plaque
In the evening Haileybury Rendall School parents gathered to celebrate the opening at the School's first community function. It was a wonderful turnout of over 200 guests, all sharing stories about the experience of the first week of school.