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.

2018

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.

"Excellence is a place where individual rights are celebrated, but not at the expense of community rights." -Tim Hawkes