Spencer Park students fly the flag for their mates

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Spencer Park students Paul Andrews, Jayden Hambley and Tairhys Benjafield.
Camera IconSpencer Park students Paul Andrews, Jayden Hambley and Tairhys Benjafield. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The Aboriginal flag is flying at the Spencer Park Education Support Centre thanks to the efforts of two passionate students.

When they discovered their school did not have an Aboriginal flag last year, Jayden Hambley, 11 and Roshaun Jones, 10, took action.

They decided to write to Albany MP Peter Watson asking for help to install a new flagpole and Aboriginal flag outside their school.

Jayden said he wanted to do his part to celebrate his Noongar classmates.

“The reason I thought of the Noongar flag is because of my mate Roshaun,” he said.

Spencer Park students' Paul Andrews, Jayden Hambley, Tairhys Benjafield and Peter Watson, MLA.
Camera IconSpencer Park students' Paul Andrews, Jayden Hambley, Tairhys Benjafield and Peter Watson, MLA. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

“It’s respecting his culture and for all the Noongar boys in mainstream, and for all the Noongar people who walk past and see the flag.”

Mr Watson, who joined the students for the first flag-raising on Friday, said it was a heartwarming moment.

“I think it is very important, especially for the young Indigenous people here that they have the opportunity to raise their flag,” he said

Principal Bec Wheatley said she was “proud as punch” of her students’ efforts.

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