Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Ballerrt Mooroop College: the bulldozers are coming to an Aboriginal school near you

From the Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective:

Will it only be a matter of weeks before the Liberal/National Coalition sends in the bulldozers to a Victorian school?

The Department of Education has approved the construction of a new school directly on the land of Ballerrt Mooroop College in Glenroy.  To make way for this new school, the Aboriginal community is losing its gymnasium and its ceremonial grounds. 

Why must this new school be built on Aboriginal land – the only Aboriginal school in Melbourne?
Aboriginal people deserve the right to educate their children in their own culture, with full access to the best resources.  There was no proper consultation with the school community when this decision was made.  Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective has been campaigning in support of Aboriginal self-determination and against the attacks on bi-lingual education as part of our fight against the Northern Territory Intervention. 

The undermining of Aboriginal education can be seen as part of the renewed framework of racist assimilation policies which the NT Intervention has spearheaded.  The ideology that was behind John Howard’s racist Intervention, that has been continued with vigour by Labor, has now found its way to Melbourne. An attack on an Aboriginal school is an act of cultural genocide and we ask people to join this protest to take a stand for Aboriginal rights.

We also welcome people to join us on the picket line 
at the Ballert Mooroop College on 17 December 2010.  
This is the date when the bulldozers are scheduled to roll in.

A recent letter from the school seeking support:



We would love you to become an official friend of our College!

Our College is a small and important government pathways school for Koorie young people, especially those facing very big challenges in life.

We renamed our school in Woiwurrung language, the language of the Wurundjeri people here in Melbourne.  ‘Ballerrt Mooroop’ means ‘Strong Spirit’.

We have great successes already but as our students say “We want to show how smart we are”.  To do this, we will have to work very hard.  We will also need lots of support and encouragement.

We want to contribute to our Community and our Country.  We are judged the second most disadvantaged school community in Victoria, but we intend to be warriors and overcome this.

We would love you to become an official friend and supporter of our College.

What would being our friend mean?

  • Just know we are here!
  • Receive a regular letter and photo about what we are doing
  • Pass on good ideas to us.

It won’t cost you anything, it just might benefit you.  Just being our ‘friend’ will make us feel special, valued, encouraged and supported.

So please think about this, just a little, then send us an email and tell us you’d love to be our friend!

Kind regards,

Students,  School Council and Staff of
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