30 May 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Indigenous Round of sport is a wonderful opportunity for Pembroke to play a leading role within the educational community. Our commitment to this week of sport originated from the experience of our students. Mr Yunupingu, OS 2015, drew symbols of indigenous art onto his Pembroke football guernsey during the AFL Indigenous Round. The drawing symbolised his pride in his heritage and culture. Boys in the team noticed this and wondered how they could support Mr Yunupingu by making the pride he felt a collective pride.
Translating the idea into a collective experience is what is now known as the Pembroke Indigenous Round of sport. It is now a week of sport acknowledging Mr Yunupingu’s ambition to be proud of his heritage through a dedicated sports uniform that depicts the experience and heralds the beginning of National Reconciliation Week.
All senior teams across all sports wear the indigenous round logo designed by our indigenous students. At the beginning of every match, on behalf of the team and School, the captain declares Pembroke’s commitment to the round and explains all it stands for and offers thanks to the opposition team for being part of such a special occasion. At the beginning of the First XVIII football match there is also a welcome to country and smoking ceremony offered by aboriginal elders. Then it's game on! At the conclusion of the Open Netball and Football the Yunupingu Cup is offered to the winning team. The cups are sponsored by the Yunupingu family.
It is a week unlike any other in the independent schools setting. It is unique to Pembroke. Those who come and play us during our indigenous round really appreciate the gravitas of the experience and find it enlightening and educational. For our students it means a great deal. It is student led and School supported – a great approach, a Pembroke approach. I feel a great deal of pride watching the week of fixtures, as I know many of you do. I hope that is what Mr Yunupingu and his team members envisioned in 2015.
I would like to thank all involved in the organisation of the week and the many parents who support the programme. It has been, again, a great success in 2019
All the best