Where is Gawura located?
We are located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Sydney Square, just a one minute walk from Town Hall station and directly behind St Andrew’s Cathedral. We share a building with St Andrew’s Cathedral School. We are located on level 7 of St Andrew’s House.
Do you have school buses?
We run a Gawura bus transport service to and from School, however this can only be offered to students who live approximately three kilometres from Redfern Community Centre. Our bus driver is here to ensure the children arrive at school on time and are returned home safely each day. Parents of students outside that area will need to organise their children’s transportation to School.
Luckily however, Gawura is uniquely placed above one of the city’s main transport hubs, which connects to all parts of the Cityrail network via train. We are also close to many bus routes, particularly from the Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Hills District, Victoria Rd corridor, Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches.
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Do you have After School Care?
Yes. We offer After School Care for our Junior School students (K – 6) run by Camp Australia OSHC as well as a holiday programme run by the YMCA. We also run after school study groups for secondary students in both the Middle School and Senior College.
Where do you run your sports programmes?
We have a long standing relationship with the University of Sydney and St Andrew’s College. St Andrew’s oval is our home venue for Rugby, Cricket and Softball. We also use other University facilities for Basketball, Tennis and Squash. Individual sports such as fencing are situated at venues close to the School. Football (Soccer) has its home ground and training at Wentworth Stadium, Glebe.
Where do children play in a city school?
For Gawura, Junior and Middle School students, we have a rooftop playground, sitting above our classrooms, overlooking the cityscape which is complete with play equipment for our youngest students. We also have basketball and cricket pitch courts, as well as many indoor areas, which are also open to students for recreational periods.
How easy is it to drop my child off by car in the mornings?
There is a drop off zones directly outside the school entrance in Kent Street where parents can pull up to drop off or collect their children. In the afternoons, a member of staff remains in attendance with Junior School at the pickup point.
What is Gawura?
Gawura is St Andrew’s school within a school, a K-6 on-campus learning facility for urban-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The School has a focus on Literacy and Numeracy, as well as the celebration of Indigenous culture, coupled with strong parent and community involvement. Gawura and the Junior School share many of the facilities and resources of the school, and join together for many occasions at school.
What are the class sizes at Gawura?
Currently 23 students are enrolled at Gawura, however it can cater for up to 28 students. Classes are separated into three groups: Kindergarten to Year 2; Years 3 & 4; Years 5 & 6. There are roughly equal numbers of boys and girls at Gawura. There are two large classrooms, bright with natural light adjacent to a large open plan space which is used for class tuition; morning meetings and activities.
Would my child qualify for a Scholarship at Gawura?
There are certain enrolment criteria that you and your child need to meet before your child is eligible to apply for a scholarship to Gawura. Please refer to our enrolment criteria page. We currently have a waiting list.
What are the key intake years?
While, in its early years, Gawura offered positions to students of all ages, our intake year is now only Kindergarten. This is because our philosophy is to ‘Stop the Gap’, rather than ‘Close the Gap’. We generally take five students per year into Kindergarten. Please contact our Head of Gawura, David North, with any enquiries.
How old does my child need to be to start in Kindergarten?
Your child will need to turn five by the 31st of May in the year they start. We encourage you to contact Mr Bruce Perry, Registrar if you need to discuss this.
How early do I need to send in an enrolment application for my child?
As soon as you know you are interested. While we offer places based on a number of criteria, date of application is often considered.
Do you have open days?
No. Instead we lead small, intimate School Tours which run on normal school days, allowing you to get properly acquainted when Gawura comes to life! Tours are usually held on a weekly basis, running from 9.00am to 10.30 am.
Does my child need to be Anglican?
No. Gawura is a school founded on values of the Christian faith, and dedicated to the promotion of the Christian gospel. We are however, a diverse community, and welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds.
How much does it cost per year to send my child to Gawura?
All Gawura students are offered a Scholarship which covers the majority of Tuition Fees and expenses. There is a quarterly contribution fee and some out-of-pocket expenses which are required to be paid by Gawura parents. Please see our Enrolment Procedure and Tuition Fees page for information on the yearly costs.
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