An intro from Ashlie


#GOLive Twitter – Session 2

#GOLive is back next Tuesday 10 November with another deadly online culture and mentoring session for GO high school scholars.  Hosted once again by our good friends at Twitter Australia, it will be held from 9.30 – 11.30am for NSW, and 9.00 – 11.00 for SA students.  There’s lots in the planning, including Culture and a Career Bites session. So, make sure #GOLive 2 in your diaries, check your emails and remember to bring your own laptops to school (or wherever you’re logging in from) on the day. We can’t wait – and not just because we miss you!   We’ll send out login details closer to the date. Contact Mark or Ashlie if you need more info.


Celebrating GO Chair Sonja Stewart

Our new GO Foundation Chair Sonja Stewart sat down for a deadly yarn recently with John Paul Janke for his podcast series Take It Blak.  A proud Yuin woman, Sonja takes the reins from Sam Mostyn (who’s staying on the GO Board as an important member of the GO Family).  As GO’s first Indigenous Chair, Sonja’s appointment is a proud moment for all of us.  She’s also the new CEO of the NSW Law Society, and the first woman and the first Indigenous Australian to hold the position. We strongly recommend you settle in for 40 minutes and listen to Sonja’s inspiring podcast. She shares her story and vision, and tells why GO is so important to her. You can find the link here!


GO Good News Stories

Jaiden is nominated for the 2020 NRL Schoolboy cup Academic High Performers. Jaiden, who’s finishing his Year 12 studies at Endeavour Sports High, also scored a deadly profile in the Sunday Telegraph last week!

Jared, now studying at UNSW, has been awarded an internship at Google for the upcoming summer break.

Luke has been elected as a Senate Member in the student guild at Edith Cowan University as First Nations’ Officer for 2021.

Bronte delivered a knockout, inspiring speech to VIPs and Indigenous students at Birigal Girls Hostel in Allambie Heights. Birigal is home to high school girls from country NSW allowing them to gain a quality education at Forest High School.

Lua’s stunning artwork will be on display on the Reconciliation Wall at NSW Parliament House next week as part of a special NAIDOC exhibition.


Good Luck Year 12 GO Scholars!

All of us in the GO Family wish our Year 12 GO Scholars the best of luck in their exams and final assessments. 2020 is one for the history books, and we applaud you for getting through it, and Year 12, with such aplomb!

Remember that everyone at GO believes in you and that you are connected to the oldest surviving culture in the world. Go well GO Scholars!


GO Scholar Opportunities

Playford Trust

Playford Trust is offering $20,000 Engineering Scholarships. To apply, students must be ready to begin their first year of study in Mining or Petroleum Engineering in 2021 at the University of Adelaide and show potential for high achievement. Head to Playford Trust’s website to find out more here.

Creative Futures Collective – Be a Future Leader

Hey, GO Scholars and GO Alumni, are you a next-gen creative leader, ready for your opportunity? You can apply to join the Creative Futures Collective first Australian cohort as a pathway to your dream job in the creative industry.

Creative Futures is a 12-week program that takes ‘Fellows’ from underserved communities through weekly workshops focussed on unearthing their confidence with an emphasis on creativity, imagination and empathy.  The program also includes a guarantee of paid ‘Futureship’ at a creative company and access to a mentor network with the focus on music, film, TV, sports, video games, art, fashion, and media.

Co-Founder and CEO Jai Al-Attas is a young Australian who set up Creative Futures when he moved to America. Jai has a great story to tell about why and how he set up the Collective and you can watch it here.

Creative Futures is expanding to Australia and offering creative GO Scholars the chance to apply for a place in their program.  Applications are open from Nov and close on December 18th.  To learn more, follow the link to apply here.

If you’re successful, it won’t mean going States side (just yet).  There will be an Australian partner.  The company has yet to be announced, but Jai says it’s somewhere every budding creative would love to work. In the US, the network includes Google, Apple, Vice and Netflix.  You can watch a video with more about Creative Futures here.
Thanks Jai!


Big Sky Culture – On Screen

Gurrumul

If you haven’t watched the incredible documentary about the late iconic Indigenous musician Geoffrey ‘Gurrumul’ Yunupingu, this is your chance.  Blind from birth, Gurrumul had the most beautiful and unusual singing voice.  He found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his Yolngu community on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land.  Gurrumul tells the story of his acclaimed voice, and his music that was loved worldwide.  You’ll find the trailer for Gurrumul here, and the documentary link here.  You can watch it from Monday November 9.

Robbie Hood

Flying like an arrow out of Sherwood Forest into the red heart of Australia, Robbie Hood is a twist on the classic tale.  Instead of Robin Hood, the hero is Robbie, a 13-year-old Indigenous rebel around Alice Springs with a heart of gold. Across six 10-minute episodes, the AACTA winning Robbie Hood is edgy and modern, You can watch the trailer here, and the series here.

Looky Looky here comes Cooky

Slam poet and writer Steven Oliver presents Looky Looky Here comes Cooky. This deadly doco interrogates Cook’s legacy. As he travels across Australia, he poses the question – in 2020, does Australia have a blurred history of Cook?  You can check out the trailer here, and watch the documentary here.

Storm Boy

Storm Boy is a classic Australian film that’s been digitally restored and a great film to watch with your parents, and aunts and uncles (who would have seen it when they were your age!).  It tells the story of Mike living on the wild South Australian coast with his reclusive father. Mike meets Fingerbone Bill, played by iconic Indigenous actor David Gulpilil, and together they care for three orphaned pelican chicks. You can watch the Storm Boy trailer here and the movie now here.


Helpful Covid-19 Contacts

  • You can find all the latest COVID-19 details for NSW schools, universities, and childcare here, and details about SA schools here.
  • Visit health.gov.au for the latest health advice or call the 24-hour National COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 020 080.
  • Visit the Department of Social Services for the latest information about COVID-19 assistance and support services.
  • Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous website where you can search over 360,000 services to find food, housing, counselling, legal advice, and a whole lot more. Ask Izzy’s Facebook page is also full of useful info.
  • Kids Helpline has a special COVID-19 information page, which is a great resource, and there’s someone to talk to 24/7 online or by phoning 1800 551 800.

Until next time, stay well and safe GO families.