Lives full of choice & opportunity

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

Our vision

The vision of Rick and Liz Tudor and their family, 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 Rick Tudor establishes Trinity Grammar Indigenous Scholarship Program.

Steering Committee Formed

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

MITS Incorporated

MITS is incorporated as company limited by guarantee and a search for the property to use as MITS 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.

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 secured Australian Government funding to open a new Alumni Boarding House for Girls.

Alumni Boarding House Opens

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.

Edward Tudor

Executive Director

Samantha Rioli

Pathways Coordinator

Ryan Martin

Head of Education

Brad Carmody

Head of Boarding

Annie Carruthers

Pathway Manager

Paul Barcham

Development Manager

Patrick Bowden

Community Engagement

Lorraine White

Alumni House Parent

Sally Cunningham

Teacher

Kelly Bailey

Office Manager

Brady Cooper

Teacher

Patrick McCarthy

Boarding Coordinator

Christine Farmer

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Serena Thompson

Boarding Coordinator

Ryan Meredith

Chef

Fleur Fergie

Boarding Coordinator

Sarah George

Teacher

Jack Williams

Boarding & Pathways Coordinator

Thuy Tran

Boarding Coordinator

Nalika Ahangama

Boarding Coordinator

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 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 four Partner Schools: Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School, Kingswood College, Ruyton Girls’ 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

2018

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Annual Report

In 2018 MITS received over 70 applications for enrolment, experienced student retention of 96%, expanded its Pathways Program and prepared to open a small Alumni Boarding House for 6 girls in Kew.

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2017

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Annual Report

2017 saw MITS broaden and strengthen its partnership with the Richmond Football Club, welcome its first Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellow and support its first cohort of students into Partner Schools through its Pathways Program.

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2016

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Annual Report

A significant year in MITS’s history, in 2016 MITS opened its doors and welcomed students from across the Top End of the Northern Territory and regional Victoria.

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