What a year!

Dear friends,

As the year draws to a close we have a number of stories to share with you all from Term 4. Most importantly, our presentation day was a huge success and we were proud to see Ms Rose Faulkhead and Ms Tiffany Kuiper graduate. We were also thrilled to open the Sandra Bardas Creative Arts Centre – a wonderful new facility that will open up many new opportunities for our students in 2013. In addition to the Creative Arts Centre, we are also well underway with construction of the polytechnic buildings which will be ready for use in Term 1, 2013.  For our full Term 4 newsletter, click here.

We have a very exciting year ahead and look forward to sharing more news with you in 2013.

Kind regards,

Lois Peeler

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.

Arts and Worawa: A Winning Combination

Worawa Aboriginal College was awarded a prestigious Deadly Dressed Award for their wearable art and modelling performance at ‘The Deadlys’ at the Sydney Opera House on September 25th.

As the world watched, our students presented their stunning garments and showcased their unique and beautiful artwork. The colours, designs and depth of story in the garments stunned judges and fellow competitors. Other designers and managers were amazed at the poise of our beautiful young models.

Jessica Mauboy, Debra Mailman, Casey Donovan and Troy Cassar-Daley were among the many famous faces at the Deadly’s this year. Our students walked the red carpet alongside these well-known Deadly winners.

Nine months ago, Lois Peeler, the Executive Director of Worawa came up with the idea to create garments out of the girl’s art and then, to train them to model these creations. Ms Peeler was an original ‘Sapphire’ and the first Aboriginal model and ‘Stylin’ Up With Worawa,’ is her event to showcase these talents and skills.

This challenging task brought together art teachers, modeling coaches, fashion and textile designers, hair stylists, make-up artists, educators and many others who worked tirelessly to ensure the event would be a huge success.

On August 24th the students modelled the garments like professionals, showcasing the excellent art and exquisite jewellery and enjoying their moment. The audience response was beyond expectation with many serious requests to purchase the fabric and garments.

Deadly’s officials saw a clip of this event and invited Worawa to enter the awards. The rest is history.

It is now official: Worawa students are…Deadly!

Click the link to see the students in action here:


Stylin’ Up with Worawa

Stylin’ up with Worawa – Highlights in HD (High Definition) from Worawa Aboriginal College on Vimeo.

On Friday the 24th August, Worawa hosted a fashion event: Stylin’ Up. The genesis of the idea came from the art of the students – art is an important means of expression for Aboriginal identity and is a link to community and to the Dreaming. Worawa partnered with the RMIT School of Textile and Design to create artwork that was digitally printed onto fabric. Leading fashion designer, Ana Novak of Ankie, designed and created the garments.

Students from Worawa modelled their designs while students from Genazzano FCJ, Healesville High School, Tintern Schools and Yarra Valley Grammar modelled the designs of Aboriginal designer Lenore Dembski of Paperback Woman designs. The Worawa collection was based on the Wurundjeri seasons and reflected the Aboriginal iconography offset by jewellery inspired by traditional adornments.

Entertainment was provided by the iconic Kutcha Edwards and Indigenous contemporary dance artist Rheannan Port, a stunning Aboriginal performer. Kylie Farmer was pitch perfect in her MC duties, warming the room with her infectious laughter.

Worawa students who produced the art used in the designs were on hand to see the end product of their creativity.

In addition, the silent auction and raffle were both massively successful, with all art items being sold and the raffle prizes going to some very happy winners.

Worawa is immensely proud of all of the girls who took part in the evening. They were a credit to not only their school, but their families and communities.

The Worawa Community would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors:

  • Nilimjak Kangoo – Indigenous Family Violence Partnership
  • Anchor
  • Paperbark Woman
  • Ankie
  • David Wirrpanda Foundation
  • Nomad
  • RMIT Textile Design
  • Tintern Schools
  • Yarra Valley Grammar
  • Genazzano FCJ College
  • Scotch College
  • Healesville High School
  • Cinori Shoes
  • Virgin Australia
  • Darwin Airport Gateway Motel
  • Way Outback Tours, Darwin
  • Travel Inn
  • Best Western Plus Travel Inn
  • The Healesville Hotel
  • Heritage Yarra Valley Day Spa
  • Indigenous Talent Unearthed

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.

Spark Training Program

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.