Our School

Key Learning Areas


From Minister Ken Wyatt, August 2019: “We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children thrive in environments where they a have strong connection to culture and community.”

Gawura students learn the NSW curriculum intertwined with Indigenous cultures and language.  Every year we take students from Years 5 to 12 on a three to five day excursion On Country, visiting a different Nation each year to allow students to walk On Country, learn about the culture of that Nation, the language and spend time with local Elders.

Our students learn Wiradjuri language and have lessons each week with our specialised Wiradjuri teacher who lives On Country in Bathurst and travels for three days to teach.  Not only does Ms Carr-Smith teach the Gawura children, but she also teaches Wiradjuri to all of the children in the St Andrew’s Cathedral Junior School.

Gawura works to the guidelines of the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW, the key learning areas are:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Specialist Teachers

The Gawura students receive support from specialist teachers and combines with Junior School classes in Science, History, Geography, Music, Visual Arts, Drama, PE/Sport and Christian Development.

Individual and personalised learning plans

Student progress is assessed through both qualitative and quantitative measures and monitored through Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s), Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs) and ongoing tracking procedures. The assessment of students’ progress towards the achievement of the NSW Board of Studies requirements, content and skill acquisition, along with the development of values and attitudes is ongoing.