In week 2, two of our Senior College First Nations students, Elka Chamley and Charlotte Loring, participated in the WEX Hobart. These students were selected from a pool of applications to attend on behalf of Marist Regional College.  

WEX aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the Australian Government. WEX does this by bringing Year 10, 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to Canberra and regional locations and provides them with hands-on exposure and information about job opportunities and career pathways in the Australian Government. From all accounts these students had an amazing time, and Elka was selected to be a WEX ambassador for the week.  

If you or your child identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, in Years 10, 11 or 12, and is interested in applying for the next WEX program in Canberra later this year, please contact Ms Karina Lemon – Aboriginal Student Success Teacher (Years 10 and Senior College) at the College. If selected, the program is fully paid for including all transport and accommodation.  

“Last week I got to go the Nipaluna (Hobart) through the program WEX. WEX is a program I had been to before in Canberra for Indigenous kids across Australia to be exposed to careers, culture, leadership, and social responsibilities. Throughout the week we did awesome things like kayaking to an ochre quarry on Bruny Island, harvesting bull kelp the traditional way and even exploring the top of Mt Wellington. You are constantly looked after and find great company in exciting friends with interesting stories and backgrounds. This program is amazing, and I love the opportunities we are exposed to, and I highly recommend the program, if you give it the chance it will change your life for the better.”  

Written by Elka Chamley, Student 


Ms Karina Lemon  

Aboriginal Student Success Teacher Years 10 and Senior College 

*Images from WEX Gallery*