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Boarding school for Indigenous students twelve years and older from remote communities

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The College symbol is traditional, and is peculiar to the desert Aborigines of central Australia.

鶹ƵAV College was established in 1973 as a government secondary residential college. It was funded under the federal welfare program, specifically for traditionally oriented Aboriginal students residing in isolated Aboriginal communities throughout remote central Australia. At the time of its inception, the College's main purpose was to expose Aboriginal youth to social development through an educational program, designed to help them adjust into western society.

In 1991 the NT government sought expressions of interest from churches as to whether they may wish to assume control of 鶹ƵAV College. The majority of Aboriginal people living in isolated feeder communities in central Australia clearly and continually stated they wanted 鶹ƵAV to be a Christian school under the control of Finke River Mission (FRM).

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It is the emblem of 鶹ƵAV College and may be seen throughout the College – at the front entrance, on uniforms, cards and flags. The symbolism is not secret, but permission was asked from all the major Aboriginal communities in central Australia before 鶹ƵAV adopted it.

The old men were happy to allow 鶹ƵAV to use it. [This was done by David Odling-Smee, February – August 1973, who travelled to all the major Aboriginal communities.]

The symbol depicts a campsite in the centre, and a man and woman at each end of the campsite fire in the middle. It traditionally signified a stopping place, in the eternal nomadic search for food and sustenance in the questing search for a new transitional lifestyle.

The name 鶹ƵAV is the Arrarnta name for a creek between the College and Amoonguna.

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