What next for Gawura?

7 July, 2017

2017 is an auspicious year on so many levels!

Gawura celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary. 10 of our students have graduated from the program. It’s the 25th Anniversary since the historic Mabo decision. It’s the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and and NAIDOC this year is all about Indigenous Languages which our students love learning in class.

We challenge you to learn the words to the chorus of ‘We are Australian” which we have included in Wiradjuri and English and sing along with our students:

Ngi-yan-hi ngum-baay
Ngi-yan-hi nu-la-bang
Nhaa-gun dhi biyang ya-nha-nha
Ngiyanhi yarru-dhang
Babirra ngumbaay
Ngadhu, Ngindhu, Ngiayanhi

 We are one,
But we are many,
And from all the lands on,
Earth we come.
We share a dream,
And sing with one voice,
I am, You are, We are Australian.

You can sing along with our students by clicking here.

So what next for Gawura?

As we celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary milestone the school is already planning the next 10 years. Through a survey to our parent and carer community, donors, volunteers, staff, family and friends of Gawura we sought feedback at the beginning of this year on what people’s hopes and dreams are for Gawura’s next 10 years. We collated the feedback and introduced it into our Strategic Planning Sessions which have involved the parent community every step of the way. The message loud and clear from all our community is to grow the program and give many more children the opportunities that our current Gawura students are receiving. Now we just need to find the space and funding  – and both schools are already working on that too.

As part of our strategic planning process, we have been researching best practice programs around the globe and comparatively, Gawura is doing great – but we cannot rest on our laurels. We are always looking for ways to improve and grow and be a better program with and for our Gawura community. Over the next 10 years, we will be focussing on improving areas so much so that by 2027, they will be business as usual – cultural competence and cultural awareness of all our teaching staff, students, and SACS parent community; an active and growing reconciliation plan; a program that covers all areas of student support and transition points particularly now that our students are graduating; a culturally enriching curriculum covering both schools; a stronger advocacy program so that everyone knows who we are; just to name a few.

We look forward to the next 10 year journey as we have enjoyed the last 10. We feel blessed to have come this far and be celebrating this key milestone with other significant Indigenous milestones.

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