Hi Gang,

I hope that you’ve all settled back into a routine at school and are enjoying being out and about a bit. Please remember to keep washing your hands and to physically distance from others. The vid from Briggs, Mick and Adam below is pretty cool – great fun and important messages!

Those of you who have been scholars for a few years will know that Twitter Day is coming up. The team are all working on some very cool and funky ways that we can still hold it. Watch this space for more news but it’s coming up on 1 July!

Alex and the team have pulled together some more great content in this newsletter. I’m going to try the Lemonade Scones this weekend so watch out if you’re joining the competition!!

Stay well everyone and enjoy the day off on Monday from school. Sx

Old Style, COVID Style

Now we know why Micky O grew his moe! It was for his starring role alongside Adam, rapper Adam Briggs and Indigenous footy stars in Old Style, COVID Style, a very cool and timely video clip produced by the AFL.  Apart from making us smile, the video is a reminder that we need to keep up our social distancing and hand washing.  You can share the video with your family, friends and community to help them stay vigilant during the coronavirus pandemic.

GO-Q Culture – Mabo Day

To celebrate Mabo Day, ABC I-View is showing Mabo, the movie made about the life and work of Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo and his role in the High Court decision on 3 June 1992 that paved the way for Land Rights and Native Title.  The court ruling overturned the thinking that Australia was terra nullius when Cook arrived – that it was unoccupied. There have been 496 native title determinations since then. Eddie Mabo spent a decade on the court case, and, apart from being an amazing man, his legacy is that through strength of culture and commitment you can achieve anything. Mabo will inspire you, and you can watch it here!

Be a Change Maker – Make an Impact!

Westpac has launched the Youth Impact Challenge, a movement for young people to become change makers and help the world become a better place.  The Challenge allows you to become a change maker by turning a problem into a solution by creating a business or a social change movement (there are prizes too). There’s a bunch of resources at Youth Impact HQ to guide you.  As well as being a force for good, you’ll sharpen your creativity, brainstorming and business skills.  You can watch an intro here.

Writing your Story – Miranda Tapsell

If you haven’t written your own story about your place and life so far, one day you’ll be encouraged to. Listening to actor and activist Miranda Tapsell talk about the importance of sharing personal stories can turn a daunting task into a rewarding one. As part of the online Sydney Writers’ Festival, Miranda talks to ABC Radio’s Daniel Browning about Top End Girl. It’s her story about being a romantic comedy-loving young Larrakia Tiwi girl from Kakadu who grew up determined to challenge the status quo and lack of diversity on screen.  She achieved more than she ever dreamt possible with the hit movie Top End Wedding, which she wrote, produced and starred in, as well as The Sapphires and a string of great tv shows.  For some inspiration and Top End tales, you can listen to Miranda’s story here.

GO-Q Bake Off – Lemonade Scones!

This week’s competition calls for you to get your apron on and into the kitchen for a lemonade scone bake off! These scones are old school, delicious, and (importantly) hard to stuff up with just three ingredients. If you’re a cooking novice, you can still be a scone sensation! Here’s me, Alex, to take you through how to make your own lemonade scones.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of Pure Cream
  • 1 cup of Lemonade
  • 3 cups of Self Raising Flour
  • Plus, a little flour for dusting, and jam and cream to serve (yum).

Tools: An oven, a large bowl, a measuring cup, a mixing spoon, a rolling pin and sifter (if you have them), a clean kitchen bench to roll out the dough, baking pan and a cookie cutter or knife. Baking paper is handy too.


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan forced) or 200ºC (conventional).
  • Sift the flower into a large bowl (don’t worry if you don’t have a sifter). Add the cream and then the lemonade.
  • Quickly (but gently) combine the ingredients into a dough to trap as many bubbles as possible into the mixture.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and, once again gently, roll it out to a thickness of about 2 cm (if you don’t have a rolling pin, gently press the dough out flat).
  • Cut your scones out with a cutter, or knife. Arrange evenly on a baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes, or until fluffy and golden. Allow to cool a little before serving them with jam and cream.

Give them a try and send Mark a picture of you with your scones to mark@gofoundation.org.au or 0415 446 576.

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.
  • 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 551800
  • 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.

Get your entries to Mark for the drawing competition, and stay safe and well GO Family!