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New school opens in Mackay

Published:26 June 2019

CQUniversity Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Engagement and Campuses Division Pierre Viljoen with Brian O’Neill, Julieanne Gilbert MP, Blanche Sutherland, CQUniversity Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Engagement Adrian Miller and Kutta Mulla Gorinna Special Assistance School Executive Director Justin Giblett at the school's official opening event

The Kutta Mulla Gorinna Special Assistance School has officially opened its doors.

Based at CQUniversity's Mackay City campus the Kutta Mulla Gorinna School will provide secondary schooling opportunities to young people who are disengaged and alienated from the conventional school system.

"Our school will place emphasis on understanding the essential features of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, including our special connection on the land and sea and our commitment to family and community, especially as it pertains to the lives of our students," Executive School Director Justin Giblett said.

Kutta Mulla Gorinna Special Assistance School began as an alternative learning space through Yubeira Aboriginal Corporation and under the guidance of Mr Giblett, undertook the accreditation process to be recognised as an independent non-state school.

"This progress has only been possible thanks to the support of a number of organisations which Kutta Mulla Gorinna Special Assistance School has worked with, including CQUniversity."