The impact of your donation

Your donation to Gawura means that:

  1. Our classes are small. We aim to have five students per year group.
  2. Our teachers can focus on numeracy and literacy intensively for 50% of the day.
  3. We can teach language (Wiradjuri) and weave culture into every aspect of the curriculum. Culture is celebrated in Gawura.
  4. We can take our students On Country annually and on one cultural excursion each term.
  5. Our students start their education in kindergarten. We want students to flourish, achieving educational outcomes equal to any other Australian student. All year 6 students are offered a scholarship to St Andrew’s Cathedral School for their secondary years.
  6. Our students have access to everything they need for their educational journey – they attend camps, excursions and are part of the St Andrew’s Cathedral School community with access to music lessons and their choice of co-curricular activities.

Gawura Graduates

15 students have graduated from Year 12 on a Gawura scholarship since we opened in 2007. Izak is our first student to have started in Kindergarten and completed Year 12, and he is now studying medicine at UNSW.

Georgia (pictured above) and her twin sister Rachel, are Wailwan Women from the Gomeroi Nation. They graduated Year 12 in 2015, after starting when Gawura opened in 2007.

Rachel is currently studying a Bachelor of Law/Arts at the University of Sydney and is working at the Aboriginal Legal Service.

Georgia has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) at the University of Sydney and mid-way through a PhD at ACU in Aboriginal Education and Positive Psychology. Georgia is the first Gawura student to complete a PhD.

Graduates like Georgia and Rachel give us so much joy and hope. Both make themselves available to help Gawura with raising funds, they visit our students to inspire them and help with career opportunities for high school students.

Kas (pictured below with Izak & Sarah) is the first Gawura graduate to be accepted into Oxford University. Kas commenced her Master of Science in September 2019 on a Charlie Perkins Scholarship.  Kas is a proud Mbarbarum, Kuku Yalanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimidthirr descendant who last year graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Psychology) from the University of Sydney with a distinction average and received the annual University of Sydney Scholarship for Distinction.

2020 Report to Donors

Every year we report back to donors on what their funds have achieved. Read our report on 2020 here.