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Sonder at Southern Region Nunga Tag 2020

The free, annual event held at Christies Beach brings together Aboriginal students, families and community members to network and engage with school and local service providers over sport


Nunga Tag provides the opportunity for Aboriginal students to showcase their skills and flair in a sporting event that brings community together under the banner of cultural inclusion, wellbeing and determination.

The Nunga Tag football event promotes the importance of ‘life skills ‘and education through the application of team sport participation. The event date coincides with the beginning of the school year and generates an ideal platform to bringing into focus awareness about educational engagement and participation. The event allows the opportunity for services, organisations and government bodies to work in collaboration to support and deliver positive youth development outcomes.

The 2020 Nunga Tag carnival was held on 11 March 2019 at Christies Beach High School. The event achieved tremendous outcomes with growth in student participation and community service contribution to the event.

Nunga Tag carnival is an event that applies the methodology that everyone can play a part in the development of youth and this was evident by the attendance of 37 service providers and community organisations.

Nunga Tag is the only Aboriginal specific regional sporting event tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) high school students held in Southern Adelaide.

Positive benefits from the annual event include; strengthening a positive self-image for students, encouraging them to be proud of their own identity as young Nunga’s, building self-confidence and self-resilience, working as a team player through
developing effective communication skills and curbing ant-social behaviour through sports participation. The Carnival encourages inter-school participation and engagement through a healthy activity that promotes the importance of health and wellbeing.

Nunga Tag also provides students with an opportunity to access information about local service providers within their region. Allowing students to build and enhance community relationships and their awareness of local business and government agencies.

Sonder and headspace Onkaparinga look forward to continuing to support this important southern community event in future.