Lives full of choice & opportunity

Through our Year 7 school and boarding program, our Alumni Boarding Houses and our Pathways Program, MITS supports young Indigenous people as they pursue away-from-home schooling in Melbourne.

Our vision

MITS exists to create pathways to greater opportunity for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities, so that they may lead lives full of choice and opportunity.

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Gunbalanya

Liz Tudor, MITS's co-founder, visits Gunbalanya in Western Arnhem Land for the first time as a veterinary graduate.

New Relationships are Formed

Liz Tudor establishes the West Arnhem Land Dog Health Program, whilst MITS co-founder Rick Tudor establishes Trinity Grammar School's Indigenous Scholarship Program.

The idea of MITS is born

As they return to Western Arnhem Land each year, Rick and Liz meet families and young people who aspire to a Melbourne education. The MITS steering committee is formed and scoping work begins.

MITS is Formed

MITS is incorporated as a new entity and a search for the property to use as MITS's boarding house begins.

First Staff Member Commences

MITS's first keystone pledge is received, detailed architectural plans are prepared, MITS secures its boarding house - Lockington - on Richmond Hill, and MITS's first staff member commences.

MITS Opens to Students

MITS opens to its first 22 students from remote Top End and regional Victoria, with students attending school in MITS's classrooms at the Richmond Football Club and boarding on Richmond Hill. MITS forms partnerships with a founding group of eight Melbourne Partner Schools.

Pathways Program Commences

MITS's first cohort - our Class of 2016 - transition to Year 8 across eight Melbourne Partner Schools. Our Pathways Program is established to provide support, advocacy and advice to these alumni students, their families, their schools and their host families.

Wellington Street House Opens

MITS opens a small home in Wellington Street Kew to accommodate six alumni girls attending Year 8 at two MITS Partner Schools. This small home demonstrates the strength of alumni boarding. In response, MITS secures Australian Government funding to open a new Alumni Boarding House for Girls on Richmond Hill.

Alumni Boarding House for Girls Opens, MITS Temporarily Relocates to Darwin

MITS's new Alumni Boarding House for Girls opens just 80 metres from MITS's Year 7 Boarding House, providing a continuing place of belonging and cultural connection for MITS students on Richmond Hill. MITS also relocates the majority of our school and boarding operations to Darwin in response to COVID.

Edward Tudor

Executive Director

Samantha Rioli

Head of Cultural Strength and Engagement

Brad Carmody

Head of Education and Boarding

Annie Carruthers

Pathways Manager

Paul Barcham

Development Manager

Lorraine White

Wellington St Manager

Allira Brown

Alumni House Manager

Patrick Bowden

Community Engagement Manager

Emily Altieri

Lockington Manager

Rhiannan Parker

Head of Alumni Boarding

Johnny Short

Business Improvement Manager

Lia Bartholomew

Wellbeing Manager

Michelle Bourke

Executive Support & Operations Manager

Cassie Purutatameri

Boarding Coordinator

Kelly Bailey

Senior Boarding Coordinator

Josh Kyle

Boarding Coordinator

Vivienne Desmarchelier

Senior Boarding Coordinator

Jayden Cooke

Teacher

Michael Barnhoorn

Lead Teacher

Isabelle Schneider

Teacher

Christine Farmer

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Reihana Haggie

Pathways Coordinator

Taylor Bailey-Lindsay

Boarding Coordinator

Georgia Lloyd

Boarding Coordinator

Joel Harriss

Boarding Coordinator

Tara Kapoor

Teacher

Maree Bull

Chef

Chloe Lane

Boarding Coordinator

Maddy Harriss

Boarding Coordinator

Ellen Schammer

boarding Coordinator

Anna McArthur-Dowty

Boarding Coordinator

Faith Gamarra

Boarding Coordinator

Sonia Rodriguez

Boarding Coordinator

Andrea Lester

Assistant Accountant

Our Places

School

Located inside the Richmond Football Club, our school provides a highly differentiated Year 7 learning program which celebrates Indigenous cultures and enables each student to grow academically, socially and emotionally.

Through partnerships with organisations including Swinburne University, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Bangarra Dance Company, the Monash University Museum of Art and many more, our students participate in a vibrant curriculum which makes the most of the opportunities and excitement of Melbourne. Wellbeing sits at the core of our school program and every student is supported to ensure their physical, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing is strong.

Year 7 Boarding

With a fire pit and yarning circle at its heart, our Year 7 Boarding House is a warm, culturally safe place designed to feel like a family home.

Located on Richmond Hill, our Boarding House is staffed by an expert team, many of whom are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. Our students enjoy a rich program of weekend and after school activities including weekend excursions to musicals, museums and cultural events, camping trips on country and AFL with Richmond Junior Football Club. Our students complete homework three nights a week and help our chef in the kitchen to prepare delicious evening meals.

Alumni Boarding

Our students and families tell us that they want to attend the best schools in Melbourne while remaining strong in their culture and surrounded by their peers. Our Alumni Boarding House allows 18 girls to attend MITS Partner Schools while continuing to live in a MITS-run boarding house.

Our Alumni Boarding House for Girls is located on Richmond Hill, a short walk from our Year 7 Boarding House and close to trains and trams. Girls in Years 8 to 12 live in the Alumni Boarding House while attending five Partner Schools: Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School, Huntingtower School, Kingswood College, Richmond High School and Siena College. Other alumni students live with Partner School host families or in Partner School boarding houses.

Our Community

MITS is made possible through partnerships with charitable trusts, foundations and donors, with corporate pro bono supporters, with community organisations and many other supporters.

Annual Reports

2021

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Annual Report

Despite the continuing challenges presented by the COVID 19 pandemic, 2021 was another highly successful year for our MITS students, our alumni and for our organisation.

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2020

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Annual Report

In response to COVID-19, MITS relocated the majority of our operations to Darwin for Semester Two, ensuring our students could recommence in-person learning.

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2019

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Annual Report

For the first time, MITS and our students achieved a 100% completion rate for Year 7 - a significant milestone. Additionally, we launched an alumni boarding pilot program and secured funding to construct our Alumni Boarding House for Girls.

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