In June, Darkinjung Barker was asked to be a part of the Graduation service of the current students attending NAISDA (National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association). NAISDA Dance College is Australia’s premier Indigenous training college established in 1976, with a proud tradition of producing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers.
On behalf of the NAISDA Board, Staff and Developing Artists, a huge thank you to our amazing Darkinjung Barker presenters. You were all outstanding. We were so impressed with how beautifully you represented yourselves, parents, teachers and Darkinjung Barker. We look forward to welcoming you all back to NAISDA soon.’ Kim Walker – CEO NAISDA
As educators, we always look at ways to continue to grow and develop. Finding a need and then upskilling is of great importance. During Term 2, Miss Scheermeijer was able to attend a one-day course focusing on Aboriginal Art Therapy. She was able to expand her appreciation, approach and understanding protocols when exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art. In working with Uncle Gavi from DLALC, Miss Scheermeijer has been able to guide the children and help them gain clearer understanding when discussing local artists and artworks. Michelle Nixon has joined the team as Administration Assistant for both Darkinjung and Ngarralingayil Barker. She comes into this role with not only a proven record in administration but also a significant connection to the local Aboriginal community. Michelle is a proud Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman who has lived on the Central Coast for a long time.