A real sense of belonging

Love and security define the culture at Redfern Jarjum College,
which will hold its fundraising Gala night on 15 June.

 WALKING WITH THE EXCLUDED  

As you can see from the artwork below, the theme for the Redfern Jarjum College Gala Night on 15 June is “Our Mob”. The inspiration for that name comes from the sincere conviction that they are a family at Jarjum.

There is another layer of significance to the term. “Mob” is a geographical collective noun for a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are associated with a particular place. Because it denotes where they are from and – more importantly – who they are, it is a very powerful term of kinship and belonging. 

Jarjum was established in 2013 as a Catholic primary school in the Jesuit tradition, responsible to the Australian Provincial. The goal was to respond to the needs of Aboriginal boys and girls, many of whom had previously attended mainstream schools without finding success in that environment.  

As explained in this LinkedIn post, the Adidi family, with very close links to the school, has an amazing story to share. They are a proud Torres Strait Islander family from Sabai Island. All of Andrea Adidi’s three children graduated from the school and she has worked at Jarjum since 2020.   

Not surprisingly, Andrea will be the keynote speaker at the Gala on 15 June. She will share her family’s story, giving a special insight into the challenges she has had to overcome, her experiences at Jarjum College, and what the future holds for her family.  

In Andrea’s own words, “I’m a teaching assistant here and also a cultural mentor. It’s been a real privilege to get to know these kids. I tell them every day, ‘No matter how old you are, you are always learning about your culture.’ But I’m learning more too, because they want to know about self-identity and more about their mob.” 

Watch Andrea talk about her story in this short video clip. 

Purchase tickets here for the Gala at the ICC Sydney on Saturday 15 June 

Learn more about Redfern Jarjum College  

To inquire about donating items to the silent auction at the Gala, ring (02) 9936 5450 or email reception@rjc.nsw.edu.au  

When: Saturday, 15 June 
Where: Parkside Ballroom, ICC 
Pre-dinner drinks: from 6.30pm
Dress: Black tie
Individual Tickets: $300 ($100 is tax-deductible) 
Tables of eight: $2400

Banner image of glass wall at Redfern Jarjum College by David McMahon.