Farewell Naomi, and thank you!
WATERLOO: On Friday August 25 Naomi Notaras said farewell to the children at Barnardos Yurungai Learning Centre based within The Factory (Counterpoint Community Services). Ms Notaras, who worked at the centre for six years, has also been a casual for Counterpoint at Poets Corner Preschool in Redfern.
“Naomi is starting a new journey in her career but she will always be part of the Yurungai family,” said Vivianne Freeman, Barnardos Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Programs.
All the children had a chance to say their goodbyes with several moving speeches from the heart. Many tears were shed. It was hard to say goodbye.
“Naomi, you have been helping me and the other kids for as long as I can remember. You are the most inspiring, intelligent and artistic person I know. Thank you for being there for me and the kids and the other staff,” said Pat Snaea, age 11.
Counterpoint EO Mike Shreenan congratulated Naomi for all her achievements, the many fond memories she is leaving behind and her great contributions to the community, and wished her well in her future career.
The children gave Naomi a little going away party that was enjoyed by all.
Yurungai has 25 places available each school day afternoon, with 20 of these places being allocated to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 to 12 years, who attend primary schools in the Redfern, Waterloo and Alexandria areas. Five places are available for non-Indigenous children whose families are receiving Centrelink benefits and who require assistance with their school work.
The centre is open each weekday afternoon during school terms from 3pm to 6pm. The children participate in structured recreational and art/craft activities with a designated session for homework and other educational support. The staff of the centre work closely with the children’s teachers to develop individual learning programs and ensure that any learning needs are identified and suitable assistance provided. Parents and carers are encouraged to participate when possible so they can be part of the children’s homework plan. The children also receive a nutritious afternoon tea and a meal before going home.
For more details about Yurungai Learning Centre contact Viv on 9699 3489 or Counterpoint Programs on 9698 9569.