On Friday 10th August Worawa held a fundraising event at the Rivoli – the new Australian musical, The Sapphires was screened to an enthusiastic audience. Written by Tony Briggs, the movie is an adaptation of an extremely successful screenplay based on the experiences of his mother. Lois Peeler, the Executive Director of Worawa and aunt of Tony Briggs was one of the original members of the group, so the movie had a special significance for Worawa. The evening was a huge success, raising over $6000 to support the programs at Worawa. The movie sold out and we were able to run a second session. Worawa students graciously gave up their tickets to the early session to enable additional people to see the movie. The film was fantastic: loved by all who saw it; it made the audience laugh and made them cry. If you haven’t had a chance to see the film yet, it is still showing nationally.
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Worawa is bringing together Aboriginal art, culture and technology in an all-Aboriginal Fashion parade featuring student artwork through textiles, fashion and jewellery. Stylin’ Up with Worawa will showcase student art, jewellery and textiles at a dinner event to be held at the Karralyka Centre in Ringwood on Friday 24th August at 7pm sharp. With support from RMIT University Textile Design & Development, Ankie Fashion, prominent Indigenous designer Lenore Dembski, and partner schools – Healesville High, Scotch College, Genazzano FCJ College, Yarra Valley Grammar and Tintern Girls, the night is sure to be a huge success. We hope to see you at what promises to be a truly exciting event. Download Event Invitation Purchase Tickets Lois Peeler Executive Director
The Sandra Bardas Art Gallery, on the Worawa grounds, is opening its doors to the public this June and July.
As part of the Spark training program for the Healesville cluster of the Technology Enhanced Curriculum Project (TECP) hosted by Worawa, students were privileged to hear the stories in song by Aboriginal music icon Archie Roach.
Tiffany Kuiper (left) and Rose Faulkhead
‘I am writing to thank you and your team following the Eastern Health Closing the Gap workshop at Worawa last week. It is such a beautiful setting, with not only the wonderful views to the hills, but also the fantastic artwork in the seminar area itself. The room was perfectly set up and we loved the delicious catering. Everyone was so friendly – we had a great experience at Worawa’. Neth Hinton Executive Director Continuing Care, Community and Mental Health Eastern Health
Worawa was honoured to have a visit from the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. His eminence Abune Melksedek was accompanied by a number of delegates from Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The Archbishop had been involved in establishing a number of schools for Ethiopian children and was particularly interested to visit Worawa and spoke of programs that could bring together Aboriginal and Ethiopian young people. The visit was arranged by Elder Aunty Lillian Tamiru and her husband Addis. Aunty Lillian is the daughter of Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls who was the founding Patron of Worawa.
Our annual Presentation Day is just around the corner. This is a special day where we acknowledge and reward the achievement of our students. We extend an invitation to you to join with us in this celebration. The program commences at 11am on Wed 14th December at Worawa College, 60-80 Barak Lane, Healesville. It includes a traditional smoking ceremony, a student musical presentation, a keynote address by Deborah Cheetham, student awards presentations, an art exhibition and a tour of the school. Light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful celebration.
Worawa has introduced a School Holiday Program which is being held during this term break. A fun filled holiday program has been designed to trial the program which is being tested by a small number of students who have elected to stay at the College during the term break.
Worawa This term students participated in a photography workshop led by noted photographer Steve Parish. Steve is incredibly passionate about photography, but also about Indigenous education. The students were truly inspired by his work and were also given an opportunity to use his camera’s and take some photo’s around the school. For the full article see our Term 3 Newsletter.