Deadly Presentation by Lois Peeler, Executive Director, Worawa Aboriginal College

A Holistic schooling through an integrated education

Deadly Career workshop: Holistic schooling through an integrated education

Worawa is proudly unique in that it is owned and governed by Aboriginal people. In 2013 the College celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Worawa Aboriginal College is Victoria’s only independent Aboriginal school. Situated on Aboriginal land, Worawa is a boarding school that caters exclusively for Aboriginal girls.

Lois is a proud Yorta Yorta woman who uses her heritage, education and experience to direct and enhance learning in a culturally sensitive and honouring fashion. Lois, an original ‘Sapphire’ (as in the movie and play by the same name) believes in the power of stories, the potential of students and the importance of fostering strong cultural and personal identity.

Worawa has developed a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of Indigenous education. The Worawa model focuses on both the effectiveness of the overall education provided and also to the recruitment, professional development, support and retention of teaching and non-teaching staff. A Council of Elders oversees the culture curriculum and the College resident Elder provides cultural guidance to students and staff.
This unique approach delivers educational outcomes through an Aboriginal perspective which has been carefully developed to ensure culture and well-being are core to a rigorous educational program.

The workshop demonstrated the the innovative ‘Worawa Way’ and how these cultural and educational principles can be applied in our schools.


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