On Presentation Day we acknowledge and reward the achievement of our students and we extend an invitation to the Worawa community, friends and supporters to join us in this celebration. 2020 was a year like no other. We had cause to celebrate the resilience, strength and adaptability of the girls who engaged in distance-education and those who returned to the College to complete Term 4. The 2020 Keynote address is by former Worawa student Angela Bates.
Worawa Remembers 69 Years On… Worawa celebrates and honours the participants of the first Aboriginal Debutante Ball held in 1949.
Saturday, 8 September 2018
6.30pm to 11.00pm
Pullman on the Park,
192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
Formal Black and White Ball
$125 per person
Or a table of 10 for $1,250
Drinks at bar prices.
Friday, 24 August 2018
A Beautiful Garden set in the Breathtaking Ancient Splendour of the Yarra Valley. Warwick and Paulette Bisley warmly invite you to enjoy their garden and life’s work.
Where: 58 Boundary Rd Coldstream
Open: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Entry price: $10 (children U18 free)
Nestled in the stunning natural beauty offering unmatched views of the ancient Yarra Valley, Ridgefield has over a hectare of lovingly created country garden. Designed by Robert Boyle, the garden gives protection from the considerable valley winds and includes a Formal Garden, Crab-apple Lawn, Croquet Lawn, Walled Garden, Birch Walk, Rose Beds, an orchard and vegetable garden.
Wander through the beautiful garden and experience special performances by students of Worawa Aboriginal College. Enjoy Devonshire Tea, wine sale, BBQ and plant sale, homemade goods, coffee. Featuring Aboriginal art by Worawa students.
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
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.
Groove to the music of NAJA with virtuoso guitarist Nathanial Andrew and artists from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. Special guest appearance by vocalist Kaleena Briggs from the renowned Stiff Gins.
MC Dr Anita Heiss writer, satirist and Ambassador of Worawa Aboriginal College.
Slient auction of a special artwork produced by Gamilaraay artist Arkeria Armstrong and the Debutantes
Join us to celebrate an evening to remember – Showcasing Aboriginal culture and talent.
Hurry, tickets selling fast.
The Worawa version of a Debutante Ball may, at first glance look like any other. However, there are many essential differences. Our students spend time living together and sharing deeply about what it is to be a young Aboriginal women in today’s Australia.
From considering their futures, to discussing their past – Worawa students prepare quite holistically for the culminating event, the Debutante Ball. That is not to say that they don’t enjoy the dance and deportment lessons in preparation for the event itself.
The girls had a great time learning to dance and enjoying meeting new friends. We thank our wonderful partners, Mount Evelyn Christian School and Melbourne Grammar School for accompanying our students for this event. It was clear that the boys also enjoyed themselves and looked every bit the accomplished partners to the beautiful Debutantes.
The event was generously and graciously sponsored by the Yarra Valley Lodge. The venue was tastefully dressed in black and silver; tables decked with silvery gum leaves and tea-lights.
The girls were presented to the esteemed Elders, who encouraged them with their presence and words.
The audience were skillfully entertained by traditional dancers and contemporary dancers, Majikhony Honey. Worawa students from Elcho Island performed the beautifully expressive traditional dance ‘North Wind’. Our compere for the evening was the well-known, Leila Gurruwiwi.
Two of the Debutantes, Andrea Farrow and Alliyanna Tipiloura, spoke on behalf of their friends about their interesting and successful journeys at Worawa and about the future dreams. Our Executive Director responded to the evening, encouraging the girls to strive to make their dreams a reality and confirming the importance of our partners.
Debutante Dreaming is not the end of a program, or even the beginning of a new life. It is the recognition of our student’s effort, readiness and intention to live powerful, positive lives. Here are the speeches of our students.
An Indigenous Education Symposium Keynotes by Leading International First Nations Educators. Yapaneyepuk is an interactive, two-day program of keynote presentations and panel discussions followed by an optional day of innovative professional learning site visits to local icons.
This gathering in Melbourne, Australia will contribute to new partnerships and improved outcomes whilst showcasing the importance of the connection between culture, wellbeing, social and economic wellbeing. These connections will be explored with the experience of a global group of First Nations educators through the lens of key Aboriginal values.
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.
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.