Our students and staff have enjoyed another successful year, and we celebrate the year with this 2016 Year in review book. We hope you enjoy some of the images captured throughout the year.
Lois Peeler, Executive Director Presentation Day Speech 2016.
“On behalf of the Worawa Community, it is my pleasure to welcome you all here today. It is lovely to see so many families, friends and supporters here to join us in our day of celebration.
Worawa Aboriginal College is now in its 33 year of operation. Worawa is an Aboriginal initiative, owned and governed by Aboriginal people, for our Aboriginal young people. While the semantics may only subtly differ from other indigenous places of learning, it is important to note that at Worawa we formulate our programs to support Aboriginal ways of knowing as well as mainstream understandings.”…
Writing Project: Telling Our Stories Our Way
All of the students were privileged to be involved in two sessions of workshops with Tony, being inspired by his humour, creativity and passion for owning and telling your own stories. He delivered a very strong message about the power of storytelling, in any form, for keeping your own identity and your culture strong.
Kids Teaching Kids
The girls in Blue group took on a big challenge this term. In class, they used both internet research and first-hand accounts to prepare detailed Powerpoints on the Stolen Generations. The students practised their presentations in front of the class before going to Badger Creek Primary School to teach the Year 5 and 6 students.
Download term 4 newsletter 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
On our Presentation Day we will acknowledge and reward the achievement of our students and we extend an invitation to you to join us in this celebration. Following the Awards Ceremony guests may adjourn to the Sandra Bardas Gallery to view a collection of art works by students and the communities that they come from.
Presentation Day Key Note Speaker – Deborah Cheetham AO
Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a familiar voice in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Deborah was appointed as an Office of the Order of Australia (AO), for distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of Indigenous artists, and to innovation in performance.
In March 2015 Deborah Cheetham AO was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Deborah is Artistic Director of Short Black Opera a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous talent. Her landmark opera Pecan Summer at the Sydney Opera House was a huge success.
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