Worawa Aboriginal College has a focus on creating team involvement. Girls at Worawa are engaged in netball, softball, basketball, cricket, softball, touch football and Australian Rules football. The curriculum caters for student’s educational requirements and experienced personnel provide guidance and counselling on a wide range of behavioural, health and wellbeing and lifestyle issues in the delivery of a quality sporting program.
Engagement in sport is thought to be of importance for a number of reasons and it is envisaged that the Worawa Aboriginal College Sports Academy will strengthen the students’ engagement in, and improve their attitude to, schooling.
- The program will improve retention as success in sport, and extra sporting commitments will allow students to build their self-esteem and immerse them in their education.
- A focus on excellence in sport through specialist sport.
- Self-discipline is a major part of sports and this skill is transferable into the classroom. The program will also focus on the delivery of theory in relation to these issues.
- Planning for a future in sport will be a focus of the Worawa Sports Academy. Students will be encouraged to explore possibilities, be provided with role modelling and learn to understand the discipline that is required in being successful in the wider community.
- Healthy lifestyle is a key focus. Through practical demonstration in the residence program and with a theory component that focuses on Healthy Eating through the Food Technology Program.
- Sequential and developmental curriculum based PE programs for all students. Emphasis is on individual participation in a diverse range of healthy and enjoyable physical activities as well as specific skill identification and development for individual students.
- A sports program involving intra and interschool team sports. This involves Worawa students competing in specific Aboriginal interschool sports competitions as well as competing in local regional sports competitions. This involves the school hosting integrated sporting and cultural events.
- Participation and competition opportunities with local sports teams in the region will be at a higher state or national level.
Australian Rules Football (AFL) forms the foundation ‘sport’ underpinning the Worawa Sports Academy and the College has the Lady Eaglehawks team which competes in the local football association. Talented players are identified for inclusion in state wide and national competition. The Worawa AFL Umpire Academy offers opportunities for involvement of girls interested in the technical aspects of football. Other sports are offered for girls interested in basketball, netball, softball, cricket and touch football. Partnerships with external bodies provide a pathway to sports management.
Students are identified through an application and interview process and offered places once enrolment procedures are completed. In order to participate, students must attend classes and embrace the College’s Values of Relationship, Responsibility, Respect and Rigour as well as the academy’s behavioural and self-discipline guidelines. Students must also demonstrate improved educational outcomes set down by the College.
Worawa has an emerging partnership with SEDA a Registered Training Organisation catering for students with passion for sport, fitness and recreation to complete the senior secondary schooling. In addition, the College has a developing partnership with Bond University.