Worawa Aboriginal College has a strong focus on creating team involvement in all areas of college life. Girls at Worawa can participate in local competitions in cross country, netball, basketball and AFL.

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.

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.
by Student Representative Speaker, Stephanie Williams. 2017

Physical education and Sport

Physical Education and Sport are delivered through formal lessons which introduce the girls to essential skills, knowledge and understandings. The College places emphasis on student participation in physical fitness and sporting activities to enhance individual health and wellbeing. All students undergo a health and fitness assessment and a qualified fitness instructor works with students to develop a personal fitness regime. Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports. Circuit training is available in the College’s well equipped fitness centre. Worawa holds membership to a number of local sporting associations and enjoys a positive reputation in the sporting field with regular wins in sports competition which includes winning the local basketball premiership. The College has its own netball, basketball, softball and cricket teams that compete in weekly local sporting association competition.

Program Benefits

  • 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.

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.

At the Worawa Sports Academy you can build skills in key sports; skill and fitness development; talent identification, internal and external coaching clinics; umpiring competition, football, basketball, netball, softball, cricket. At the Worawa Sports Academy, Australian Rules Football (AFL) forms the foundation ‘sport’ but also includes other team sports including basketball, netball, softball and cricket

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.

Sport Pathways

  • AFL Victoria
  • AFL Umpiring Academy
  • Hawthorn Football Club
  • Eastern Ranges Football Association
  • Lilydale and Yarra Ranges Netball Association
  • Kilsyth Basketball Association
  • Softball Victoria
  • Ringwood Cricket Club
  • Worawa AFL Umpiring Diversity Academy – umpire training
  • The Worawa Lady Eaglehawks football team
  • AFL Victoria Female Diversity Future Leaders State Camp
  • Students selected for National Female Diversity State Championships
  • Worawa students umpire Kickstart game at Dreamtime at the G halftime.