School supplies for students in Nauiyu
On Wednesday 2 June, members of the Order of Malta in the Northern Territory visited St Francis Catholic Primary School on the banks of the Daly River, two hours south of Darwin.
The local community has a population of around 510 people is and 86 percent Aboriginal. Whilst English is spoken by most residents, Ngan’gikuruggurr is the most prominent of ten local languages. In 1884 the Jesuits established a mission in the town and as a result, 75 percent of the population are Roman Catholic.
Through the through the Principal Mrs Kellie McGinley, staff, and Fr Peter, the Order of Malta provided blankets, pillows and socks for the local community and educational materials for over 60 students at the school.
In addition, a new school has been established in the area, and the Order of Malta has provided 11 students there with a pack containing exercise books and other classroom necessities and a donation of children’s books to form the basis of their small school library.