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Willyama High wins partnership award

Monday, 17th February, 2020

A group of Willyama High School students with the Aboriginal Education School Community Partnership Award. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson A group of Willyama High School students with the Aboriginal Education School Community Partnership Award. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

Willyama High School has won the Aboriginal Education School Community Partnership Award at the NSW Department of Education Wudhagaragarra Awards.

 “Wudhagaragarra” is a Wiradjuri word meaning “to, hear, to listen and to learn”.

Willyama has developed partnerships leading to the development of improved school plans and practices, which is what contributed to them receiving the award. 

Willyama High School demonstrated evidence of innovation in its partnerships with local social well-being organisations and the Broken Hill Aboriginal community, as well as achieving good educational outcomes through its Reconciliation Action Plan.  

The school’s Reconciliation Action Plan vision aimed to develop a whole school understanding and recognition of the truth of First Nation Peoples, to instil empathy and respect within the school community.

They aim to develop community partnerships within the classroom, school and community by teaching about national days of significance and improving indigenous perspective resources for teachers while addressing the Premier’s Cross Curriculum Priority in learning programs.

Staff are encouraged to undertake cultural competency professional development and work with the school’s Anti-racism Contact Officer to promote anti-racism education in the school.

In 2020, Willyama High School will continue to participate in the Broken Hill NAIDOC Banner Competition and Maari Ma Indigenous Artist Award, which have already contributed to the impressive displays of artworks by indigenous students around the school.

In Term 4 last year, students worked hard to submit a diverse and eclectic range of artworks for the 2020 Maari Ma Indigenous Art Prize, which will be presented at the Regional Art Gallery on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Willyama High School is dedicated to setting high goals for all students and celebrates having an indigenous school captain in 2020; Sammarah-Lea Williams.

Other high achieving Indigenous students include Ashli Fryer, who has already been pre-selected for Macquarie University, and Kaitaia Clark, who is also striving for academic excellence in all her classes.

Students Zali Kennedy and Bianca Johnstone are currently undertaking work-based training programs at the Broken Hill Hospital with consistent effort and determination.

These dedicated role models have all been nominated for the state Nanga Mai Awards for Indigenous Excellence over the last two years.

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