Presentation Day Program 2016

At Worawa Aboriginal College we formulate our programs to support Aboriginal ways of knowing, doing and being. On Presentation Day we celebrate the achievements of our students as we prepare them to ‘Walk in both Worlds’ and take their place as global citizens, well versed in their Aboriginal culture and proud of their identity as First Australians. We are delighted to announce the celebratory program.

 

Awards Ceremony Program 2016

Commencing at 11.00am

  • Call to Ceremony – Smoking Ceremony
  • Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners – Worawa students
  • Welcome – MC Kylie Belling
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra Inspire Quartet & Didgeridoo compilation with Koorie Musician Robert Bamblett
  • Traditional Dance group
  • Musical rendition by Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO
  • Principal’s address
  • Student speech
  • Contemporary Dance Presentation
  • Keynote Address – Ms Deborah Cheetham AO
  • Parents Address
  • Anthology Launch
  • Student Awards
  • Guest artist Lillee Walker; Short Black Opera with Worawa student group.
  • Closing Remarks

Debutante Dreaming 2016

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Debutante Dreaming is a fusion of traditional Aboriginal ceremonial practice and Western tradition to honour our young women’s transition to adulthood – a rite of passage celebrated universally.

Groove to the music of NAJA with virtuoso guitarist Nathanial Andrew and artists from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. Special guest appearance by vocalist Kaleena Briggs from the renowned Stiff Gins.

MC Dr Anita Heiss writer, satirist and Ambassador of Worawa Aboriginal College.

Slient auction of a special artwork produced by Gamilaraay artist Arkeria Armstrong and the Debutantes

Join us to celebrate an evening to remember – Showcasing Aboriginal culture and talent.

Hurry, tickets selling fast.

Where:
Pullman on the Park,
East Melbourne

When: Saturday, 20 August 2016

Time: 7.00pm to 11.00pm

Booking:
Contact Lisa on 0498 967 292
or email: artgallery@worawa.vic.edu.au

Ticketing:
$130 per person – 3 course meal,
Drinks at bar prices.

Dress: Cocktail

Reconciliation Sports Carnival

Sports Carnival 24th May

Debutante Dreaming

The Worawa version of a Debutante Ball may, at first glance look like any other. However, there are many essential differences. Our students spend time living together and sharing deeply about what it is to be a young Aboriginal women in today’s Australia.

From considering their futures, to discussing their past – Worawa students prepare quite holistically for the culminating event, the Debutante Ball. That is not to say that they don’t enjoy the dance and deportment lessons in preparation for the event itself.

The girls had a great time learning to dance and enjoying meeting new friends. We thank  our wonderful partners, Mount Evelyn Christian School and Melbourne Grammar School for accompanying our students for this event. It was clear that the boys also enjoyed themselves and looked every bit the accomplished partners to the beautiful Debutantes.

The event was generously and graciously sponsored by the Yarra Valley Lodge. The venue was tastefully dressed in black and silver; tables decked with silvery gum leaves and tea-lights.

The girls were presented to the esteemed Elders, who encouraged them with their presence and words.

The audience were skillfully entertained by traditional dancers and contemporary dancers, Majikhony Honey. Worawa students from Elcho Island performed the beautifully expressive traditional dance ‘North Wind’. Our compere for the evening was the well-known, Leila Gurruwiwi.

Two of the Debutantes, Andrea Farrow and Alliyanna Tipiloura, spoke on behalf of their friends about their interesting and successful journeys at Worawa and about the future dreams. Our Executive Director responded to the evening, encouraging the girls to strive to make their dreams a reality and confirming the importance of our partners.

Debutante Dreaming is not the end of a program, or even the beginning of a new life. It is the recognition of our student’s effort, readiness and intention to live powerful, positive lives. Here are the speeches of our students.

Yapaneyepuk – ‘Walking Together to Make a Difference’

An Indigenous Education Symposium Keynotes by Leading International First Nations Educators. Yapaneyepuk is an interactive, two-day program of keynote presentations and panel discussions followed by an optional day of innovative professional learning site visits to local icons.

This gathering in Melbourne, Australia will contribute to new partnerships and improved outcomes whilst showcasing the importance of the connection between culture, wellbeing, social and economic wellbeing. These connections will be explored with the experience of a global group of First Nations educators through the lens of key Aboriginal values.

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Worawa Community Forum

Come and visit us!

Worawa warmly invites parents and families to visit our College and to take part in this year’s School Community Forum.  Click here for invitation with further details.

Sapphires Fundraiser

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.

Stylin’ Up With Worawa Fashion Event

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.

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Lois Peeler
Executive Director

Worawa Art Exhibition

The Sandra Bardas Art Gallery, on the Worawa grounds, is opening its doors to the public this June and July.

Visitors have the opportunity to view stunning Aboriginal art and learn about the work of Worawa. The sale of artworks supports Aboriginal community activities and supports the work of the College.

Official Opening – 12pm, Sunday 10 June.

Gallery Open Daily 10 June – 8 July 2012, 11.00am – 3.00pm or by appointment

We look forward to welcoming you.

For more information click here.

To view some of the beautiful artwork on sale click here.

Presentation Day 2011

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.