Groote Eylandt

Groote Eylandt

The extension of transitional provision to ensure each students transition is substantial for the students social, educational and personal advancements. As a part of improving education on Groote Eylandt, AFL Cape York House is currently engaged by the Anindilyakwa Land Council to transition a group of secondary school students into mainstream education in Cairns, a process beginning in Quarter Four of 2018. Overall achievements and learnings have been positive for the program between connecting Groote Eylandt and Cairns. An effective program has been designed, developed and implemented in partnership with Traditional Owners on Groote Eylandt. Through this process the program understands the best methodology for remote Indigenous students to attend school, maintain attendance, to then transition into future education or employment whilst maintaining strong connections to both culture and community. Active participation in education is central to maximizing future opportunity for Traditional Owners on Groote Eylandt. Students whom attend school regularly have broader employment options, better health outcomes, social well-being and economic positioning.


Sam Brayshaw – Program Coordination 
Sam wants to live in a world filled with innovative education, science for all, and crows flying high in September.

As an educator and a scientist with 10 years experience working with Indigenous people across Australia, Sam is an active contributor to Indigenous Education, particularly with regards to Indigenous Science Knowledge in Education.

When he’s not prospecting for gold or supporting the only team in South Australia, you can find him enjoying his young family or exploring the Far North Queensland region.

Sam has been involved with AFL Cape York since 2015 and more recently as the Program Manager of the Groote Eylandt Transition Program.

Jamie Candler – Program Officer
 Jamie grew up in Port Douglas before moving with his family to Cairns to finish high school and begin university. At university he completed a Bachelor of Psychology whilst working in a development role for AFL Cape York. After university he left FNQ to continue his studies on the Gold Coast where he completed a Master in Project Management and a Master of Business Administration at Bond University. While at Bond University he captained the Bond University Bullsharks, winning back-to-back premierships during his two years at the club. Jamie’s journey has taken him overseas to Europe spending several years living in Norway before returning to Australia to live in the Northern Territory where he worked as a Project Manager on Remote Community Housing projects. Jamie has returned to work at AFL Cape York in a Wellbeing Role after returning to Cairns at the beginning of 2020. Jamie is a strong believer in a values based approach to personal development focused on the elements of honesty, integrity, respect, dedication and joy – all elements he hopes to continue to bring everyday in his role at AFL Cape York House.

Nicole Michael – Program Officer
‘My name is Nicole Michael. I am a secondary school teacher with a specialty in Health, Maths and Biological Science. I have been teaching for nine years and began my career at Mareeba State High School before moving to St. Mary’s Catholic College. I have a strong interest in health and well-being and strive every day to educate those around me on simple ways to improve quality of life.
My purpose as a ‘Transition Officer’ from AFL Cape York is to facilitate the transition of the Groote Eylandt students from community into the classroom and then into the workforce. To collaborate with classroom teachers to differentiate tasks which enable the learning opportunities of these students. I aim to also focus on building life skills with an emphasis on health and well-being, so in time, these students can become thriving members of society.