Several of our Board members recently visited the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), which is home to 22 Indigenous girls and boys from remote communities across Australia.
MITS provides a tailored educational program that helps Year 7 students transition from remote community life into scholarships at partner schools across Melbourne.
The school is located inside the Richmond Football Club building, in the Korin Gamadji Institute where students have the opportunity to interact with staff and football players.
The students live at the school's boarding facility in the Vaucluse, Richmond.
MITS prides itself in its home-style environment that celebrates culture and understands the challenges of transitioning from a small community to a big city.
The VRQA Chair, Pam White, said the visit to the school was an exciting opportunity to see first-hand this innovative transitional program.
'We saw students playing football energetically during their break… and met with staff, all of whom showed a passionate commitment to the wellbeing of the students', Ms White said.
The visit by Board members is part of the VRQA's stakeholder engagement strategy. MITS is registered by the VRQA as meeting the minimum standards and receives Department of Education and Training (DET) funding as a registered school. It is supported by partner schools and donors.