‘A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.’
The Moorditj Mob is Wesley College’s Indigenous Program. In the Nyoongar language, Moorditj means ‘great’, ‘strong’ or ‘excellent’ and fits well with what the College strives to achieve. The program is an important part of the College’s culture and fosters great pride within the Wesley community.
Due to the success of the program, Wesley receives support from a number of philanthropic bodies and government agencies and is now able to offer approximately 30-40 needs-based Indigenous scholarships. Students are expected to celebrate their aboriginal culture and to share it with others. One of the most well-known and public aspects of the program is the Moorditj Mob Dancers and didgeridoo players. The Moorditj Mob has been known to perform up to 60 dances annually both at the College and at outside community events.
In 2014 the Moorditj Mob was invited to represent Australia’s Indigenous people at the International Indigenous People’s Conference in Education in Hawaii, and was the only group to be asked to perform at both the opening and closing ceremonies.
The Moorditj Mob program provides Indigenous students who would not normally have the opportunity with a top quality Western education, integrated with a deliberate and explicit focus on their own culture and developing pride in their aboriginality. It is not an easy challenge, however, as families make enormous sacrifices to support the College and the community in succeeding to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Aboriginal peoples.