Indigenous Award Winners
THE ABSA/BA EXCELLENCE IN INDIGENOUS BOARDING AWARD IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY ABSA AND BOARDING AUSTRALIA.
BELOW ARE THE DETAILS OF THE AWARD WINNERS.
KINROSS WOLAROI SCHOOL
Kinross Wolaroi School (KWS) has a tradition of welcoming Indigenous students and their families, guiding them to make the most of the opportunities available here. At the same time, KWS recognizes the many ways Indigenous culture contributes to the dynamism of our school and enriches the KWS community.
KWS has had Indigenous students attending the school for decades, however our Indigenous Education Program started around 5 years ago. It was at this time that the school appointed its first Indigenous Students Coordinator, Mr Anthony Begg. The school has made significant progress in this time, putting greater structures and procedures in place to support the students attending the school. While there have been improvements and growth in this time, there has been equally as many challenges which have provided learning opportunities for the school and its community. One of the current strengths of the program is the staff who lead it, all of whom identify as being Indigenous themselves. KWS is fortunate to have such a passionate team that are working on growing the program and identifying opportunities to improve our approach. We are trying to provide an educational opportunity where students can do their best, enhance their sense of identity, pursue their dreams and develop the skills to walk confidently in two worlds. ‘Yanhanha bula Waa’ (Walking in two Worlds) Wiradjuri.
YIRAMALAY/WESLEY STUDIO SCHOOL
The vision of Yiramalay is simple: it is to bring about positive change and opportunity for both the children and families of the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities who are part of the school.
It provides a unique model of learning which brings together two very different cultures and communities - one Aboriginal with 40,000 years of
history in the Fitzroy Valley of the remote outback Kimberley of Western Australia, and the other, Wesley College in Melbourne, established in
1866, and one of Australia’s oldest and most diverse coeducational independent schools.
The focus on language, culture and learning on country are fundamental principles on which the Studio School was conceived.
The Studio School provides Aboriginal Australians with a pathway to mainstream education in Years 10, 11 and 12. The education program
is immersive and residential comprising academic studies, personal development and work experience. Aboriginal students are prepared for opportunities in employment or further education.
For Wesley students, the real life experience of the bush in Australia’s remote outback teaches them how much there is to learn from Aboriginal people, their culture and their respect for land.
The Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School hosts 120 Year Ten Wesley College students each year, together with a growing number of Aboriginal students.
Currently 60 Aboriginal students are enrolled in residence at the School.