Worawa Term 4 Newsletter 2017

Strong Partners Strong Future

Strategic Partnerships at Worawa ensure that the holistic program we deliver remains strong, current and embedded within the greater community. While our excellent educational program, co-curricular activities and beautiful grounds ensure our students are supported and guided towards their best possible future, it is equally important that our courses are founded in the real world. Worawa is intentionally connected to only the very best of strategic organisations, institutions and companies.

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Year in Review

During the year students continually engaged in the numerous educational experiences offered at Worawa. This has included the RISE Camp at University of Melbourne, excursion to the Defence Force, work experience and more.

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Rise Camp

Between Monday 27th November and Saturday 2nd December, Dorothea, Justine, Kyema and Rochelle participated in the Residential Indigenous Science Experience (RISE) camp at Melbourne University.

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Drone Exercise

We are proud of our partnership with the University of Melbourne through which we have introduced an exciting direction in learning about and using future technologies as part of the Worawa Aboriginal College STEM curriculum.

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Creative Arts

Worawa Performing Arts students have had another very successful term. After months of creating and rehearsing, the girls performed their play ‘Turbine’ for students and teachers from all over Melbourne at the Malthouse Theatre.

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Mountains by Stephanie Williams

A student’s journey at Worawa College.

Good Morning everyone, honoured guests, Elders, ladies and gentlemen.

I’d first like to start by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land and pay my respects to the Wurundjeri people.

My name is Stephanie Juanita Mabadoor Williams I am a proud, passionate young lady seen as a leader in my community I believe in loving God and having respect for others and for my culture. I also believe in education as it’s the key to open the doors I want to go through.

My tribes are Gulumoerrgin and Muran, and my languages are Larrakia and Llwaidja. I am from Darwin and West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

I have been attending Worawa College for four years now since I was twelve.

During my time at Worawa I’ve had many blessings and opportunities as well as making my friends forever – my sisters.

In my first year at Worawa, I wasn’t sure what I would make of my time at the college or even if it was right for me. I was eleven turning twelve. Can you imagine leaving home at a young age!

I was nervous, although I was keen too. It was a new adventure on the other side of the country!

I had to see what this adventure would bring, but I was so scared because for the first time this adventure was on my own.

I remember looking out to the beautiful big Mountains and feeling so small. I went behind a building and sat on a stump and asked myself “Is this right?” I looked in the mountains where I was sitting and I saw a ditch in the mountain. I imagined it’s like I’m about to take a huge big leap over that ditch.

Now it came to me that to take this leap is risky – what if I fall?

I’m leaving everything I know, I’m leaving home.

I said, “God show me if it’s right.” I looked closely at the mountain, my eyes began to adjust, my vision became clear – the ditch in the mountain was no longer a ditch but a road.

I had seen a car travelling up the mountain. I thought well it looks like I better see where this road, this new path, takes me to.

This path has taken me to amazing places. In my first year, I had been selected with other students to attend the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Hawaii. I was able to meet First Nation People from around the world. There were so many things that were great about the trip: the singing and dancing, the beaches and the culture.

I have been on student exchanges and attended many conferences and performed or spoken.

I had the opportunity to make my Debut at last year’s Debutante Dreaming. We were able to socialize with a new group of friends that we would never have usually met and learned dances.

We stood and were proud of our Cultures and achievements. I’ve acted in school plays such as at the Malthouse Theatre. Worawa allowed me to explore my talents such as sport: I play netball, basketball, football, touch rugby. I have a lot of interest in AFL. I was able to be a part of the first Worawa Lady Eaglehawks AFL team and have been able to enjoy other experiences through Worawa in the broader community. I have been the Victorian Indigenous captain for two consecutive years.

I learnt a lot about myself and my character at Worawa. I have learnt about good leadership and listening skills, and to work as one in our community. I was the captain of the school. I am extremely passionate and push myself to all my abilities in my sporting life as well as at school.

I’m an MVP winner in the whole competition in the national Indigenous Kick-Start AFL. I have proudly been in Australia’s first 2017 indigenous and multicultural all-stars team at a national level and now two years in the Woomeras team. I have represented the Northern Territory in the u18s NAB cup and have recently played for the Yarra Ranges Vline Rep team in Gippsland.

I always thank God for all these achievements. I’d like to get drafted one day in the women’s AFL.

As well as sport, my future dreams and aspirations are to complete my schooling in year 12 and further my education at university and study exercise science and health, because with these I could make a good change in my community and be the bridge that can help my people improve health and better it for future generations as well as knowing the language, both indigenous and English to help translate for my old people and possibly become a teacher.

This year at Worawa I was able to learn about sports medicine and get a certificate and also enjoy work experience at Badger Creek Primary School, doing work like teachers’ aide and experiencing life as a teacher as well as the experience of coaching young primary kids in athletics and getting certified as a children’s coach.

Back to when I first started off at Worawa: I wasn’t sure – I felt small around these mountains, the country was different to what I’m used to. I’m a saltwater girl and there was no sea around but now I’m sure, I’m certain, and I feel as though I can conquer all mountains and life’s hurdles.

The message I’d like to send to the younger girls and students is never to be afraid to take a jump of faith into the unknown; always have love; be courageous. If you make a mistake remember my sisters, pick yourself up and try to find your path! Never let your struggles define you or let any negativity around shape you or mistakes break you – be leaders for our indigenous youth. You are all arangkarud arradbi – strong Aboriginal people; strong in the mind, spirit and most of all strong in the heart.

Be leaders for Our People and climb every mountain because difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations such as this.

– Mountains, by Student Representative Speaker, Stephanie Williams. 2017.

VCAL at Worawa

About Year 11 and 12

In 2018 Worawa Aboriginal College is introducing the Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning (VCAL). This is a ‘hands-on’ certificate that is a recognized senior secondary year 11 and 12 qualifications.

It is a practical way of getting year 11 or 12 that fits with the way many people like to learn. There are no exams or tests but projects that give students many opportunities to show what they can do.

VCAL provides a pathway to many TAFE and to some University courses and makes the transition to work much easier. It is a really great way to get a year 11 and 12 because subjects allow students to explore work options, career choices and to gain credits towards a TAFE qualification. Projects also give students the chance to give back to the community in ways that they choose. The qualification further builds social skills, work and leadership skills as well as study options.

Stepping up to the next level of education is a milestone for students. At Worawa Aboriginal College we prepare students for work and study as well as leadership roles in their community. Worawa students are prepared to walk in two worlds so they can make good choices about their own futures. The VCAL provides an alternative for young women as they journey to adulthood, further studies, work and community engagement in a supportive, culturally safe boarding school environment with a sound, ‘Two-Way’ educational background. The program provides real skills for employment, study and adult life. College programs are also strengthened by a range of partnerships in the academic, sports, health and creative arts sectors.

All VCAL students have an array of work experience choices and practical skills that make getting work in the future much easier.


Pathways and Partners

All VCAL students take part in a Certificate II in Business unless they decide to participate in paid traineeships and on the job training that will help them gain employment and get in to further study.

RMIT University
Deakin University
University of Melbourne
Schiavello International
The Deloitte Foundation
Malthouse Theatre
Healesville Sanctuary
Hawthorn Football Club
Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
RACV Healesville Country Club
Rotary Club of Richmond
Umpiring Academy – AFL Victoria
Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development



Work Related Skills – Participate in work experience, getting a learner’s permit and gaining advice from work mentors.

Industry Specific Skills – Complete the Certificate II in Business as part of the VCAL and gain Food Handlers, First Aid and Barista skills as part of the program. Students can also complete a paid traineeship.

Literacy – Practical projects include communication skills, writing skills as well as the presentation of research and information. This includes report writing, presenting arguments and opinions as well as letters, emails and other useful forms of writing.

Numeracy – Practical projects that include budgets, maths for the living, maths for work and any other numeracy skills that are needed for adult life, work and study.

Personal Development Skills – Working with the community, organising events, fundraising, understanding how to work in a team and be self-motivated.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

If you have successfully completed year 10 and you meet the general Worawa application criteria, you can apply to study VCAL.

How to Apply

Accommodation is limited and so for the first intake of VCAL students in 2018, we are only accepting current or past Worawa students. All students wanting to apply for year 11 at Worawa need to fill in the application form and attend an interview.

Want to Know More About VCAL?

To find out more, have a yarn with the Worawa VCAL Coordinator or you can find more detailed information about VCAL at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au.

We encourage students and their families to look at this information. Summary information from the website will also be provided to you to discuss at home.

Work readiness, life and study within an Aboriginal framework.

Student Exhibition 2017

Walk in Two Worlds is a collection of art proudly produced by the students of Worawa in 2017 that will be on display at the Sandra Bardas Gallery at Worawa from Wednesday 13 December 2017.