Young talent in Worawa Sports Academy

The Worawa Sports Academy caters specifically for young Aboriginal women, is based on an integrated Education, Culture and Wellbeing model and operates in an Aboriginal environment.

Australian Rules Football (AFL) forms the foundation ‘sport’ but also includes other team sports including soccer, netball, basketball, softball and soon, cricket.

This year we have seen the establishment of the Worawa AFL Umpiring Diversity Academy and the Lady Eaglehawk football team. A number of students have been selected to participate in the inaugural V-Line Youth Girls Cup, an AFL talent pathway in line with the TAC CUP regions which provides a pathway into an AFL talent program. Worawa students have been identified for their football ability and have the opportunity to be involved in a program where they will be provided with extra development to further their football talent.

As part of the AFL Female Kickstart/All Nations Pathway Program Worawa will host the AFL Victoria Female Diversity Future Leaders State Camp 10 -11 September in the lead up to the National Female Diversity Championships to be held 19-21 September.

Take a listen to Young Mbantua Born Shaquille Swan-Sharpe interview on the Caama Sports Show.

Worawa Term 2 Newsletter 2016


Reconciliation sports carnival

National Reconciliation Week saw the annual Worawa Reconciliation Sports Carnival. On this day our community, partner schools, friends and supporters come together in the true Spirit of Reconciliation. The day commenced with cultural activities. Local band Ruckus set the scene with a rousing rendition of ‘Standing on Sacred Ground’, joined by Aboriginal musicians from the iconic Indigenous bands Coloured Stone and No Fixed Address.

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Careers at Worawa

CareersAtWorawa Work Experience is an essential part of our Careers Curriculum and reinforces the practical application of the Employability Skills framework. Our work experience program enables students to experience working environments and meet people working in industries that they may decide to enter in future.

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Science at Worawa

 Science at Worawa this term focussed on the topic of “Sustainability”. The term started with a number of guest speakers talking to and educating the girls on how Aboriginal people have been living sustainably on the land for thousands of years.

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The Arts

Worawa has a continued commitment to delivering a full and inspiring educational experience that includes a comprehensive Arts program. In each area of the Arts, an Aboriginal perspective is considered to be essential.

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Sports at Worawa

Worawa has a proud history of involvement in sport with a number of past graduates involved at the elite level of Australian Rules football. The Worawa AFL Sports Academy was initially launched in 2009 before Worawa changed from co-ed to an all-girls school.

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Debutante Dreaming

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.

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Sandra Bardas Art Gallery

Open to the public, the Sandra Bardas Art Gallery is situated on College grounds. The gallery is named in honour of Sandra Bardas OAM who worked with the Founder, Hyllus Maris to establish Victoria’s first and only Aboriginal school.

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Worawa Term 1 Newsletter 2016

Term 1 newsletter now available for download.

Worawa Term 4 Newsletter 2015

Term 4 newsletter now available for download.

School Enrolments 2016


School Enrolments For Girls In Years 7 & 8 In 2016 Now Being Accepted

Worawa Aboriginal College provides families with the choice of an education for young Aboriginal women in Year 7 – 10. An all-girls boarding school, Worawa students receive a quality education in a safe, supportive and respectful learning environment. The Worawa curriculum is aligned with the Australian curriculum and personalised learning gives students the knowledge, skills and confidence to walk in two worlds with pride in their Aboriginal culture and identity. Enrol today!

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“We Believe In Education, Culture & Wellbeing”

Presentation Day 2015

On our Presentation Day we will acknowledge and reward the achievement of our students and we extend an invitation to you to join with us in this celebration.

Following the Awards Ceremony, guests will have the privileged opportunity to experience a cultural performance by Gali Yalkarriwuy a traditional Aboriginal (Yolngu) Mala Leader and Galpu clan representative as he dances the Morning Star Dance in celebration of his granddaughters graduation. A student musical production will showcase the talent of our students. Guests may adjourn to the Sandra Bardas Gallery to view a collection of art works that tell the story of the Bnumbirr (Morning Star Pole) from Galiwinku, Northeast Arnhem Land.


Presentation Day Key Note Speaker – Sasha Sarago

Sasha Sarago is a proud Aboriginal woman of the Wadjanbarra Yidinji and Jirrbal clans ‘Rainforest People’ of Cairns, Far North Queensland. A former fashion model, Sasha founded Ascension Australia’s first Indigenous and ethnic women’s lifestyle magazine with an article The Colour of Beauty a new dialogue of cultural identity and self-representation from an Indigenous and ethnic women ‘s point of view.

Enlivened by her passion to articulate a new definition of beauty, Sasha hit the media raising awareness about ‘colourism’ in the fashion industry with an article in The Guardian: Where are Indigenous models in our fashion landscape? Since the launch of Ascension, Sasha now has her sights set on cultivating Ascension into a formidably empowering lifestyle and multimedia company.


Event Details & RSVP

When: Wednesday 9th December 2015
Time: 11.00am
Where: 60-80 Barak Lane, Healesville
RSVP: Call 03 5962 4344
or email
by 5 December, 2015

Yapaneyepuk Youth Forum Report

In recognition of the importance of valuing and optimising the understandings, skills and knowledge of our youth/students the Yapaneyepuk Committee undertook to conduct a Youth Forum in conjunction with Yapaneyepuk, The International First Nations Education Symposium ‘Walking Together To Make A Difference’. The Yapaneyepuk Youth Forum was designed to provide senior school students with the opportunity to make connections with ideas, challenges and with each other as they explored the theme of recognition through the Aboriginal values of respect, relationship, responsibility and rigour.

The Forum was planned in the recognition that young people have a powerful voice and the right to contribute their ideas to help shape national and international understandings about policy and practice, which relates to First Nation Peoples. The forum was designed to support and encourage students in their learning journey, and for them to think about education for both the present and future.

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Walking Together To Make A Difference by Dr. Mauricette Hamilton.

College Community and Parent Forum 2014

Worawa Aboriginal College acknowledges that educational achievement is underpinned by what occurs at home and in the community as much as by what happens at school. Improving attendance, retention and safeguarding the health and well-being of students require partnerships between the school and parents/family/community.

Read the College Community & Parent Forum 2014 event report.


Dr Anita Heiss Our Newest Ambassador

AnitaHeiss0797PortraitWe are proud to announce Dr Anita Heiss as an Ambassador of Worawa Aboriginal College. Dr Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is the bestselling author of Not Meeting Mr Right and Avoiding Mr Right, both published by Bantam Australia. Anita has won four Deadly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, for her novels including Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming and for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature. Anita is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales. Anita is an Adjunct Professor at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS, a role model for the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy and an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. Anita’s latest novel is Tiddas (Simon & Schuster). Dr Heiss is a great role model for our students not only for her academic achievement, but also pride in Aboriginal identity, continuing the Aboriginal narrative through literary skills and the ability to ‘Walk in Both Worlds’.