Welcome from Mr David North, Head of Gawura Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander School

D.NorthWelcome to Gawura, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School, built on Gadigal land in the centre of Sydney’s CBD.

Phenomenal progress for all students

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students experience real growth. Every morning they race out of the school bus and straight into the classroom with an extremely positive attitude about the day ahead of them. It is a great sight to see. The progress that continues to be made across the age groups (Kindergarten to Year 6) is extremely pleasing and, at times, jaw dropping.

Education within Cultural Context

Gawura has a simple formula; the continuity of practice, work habits, expectations and attendance being paramount. The classroom programmes are systematic and intensive, with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, delivered in a culturally supportive and enriching environment. The Gawura programme continues to promote identity and cultural understanding.  Our students are proud of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. Wiradjuri classes are always a highlight of the week and the students take great pride in every cultural performance. Eminent educationalist, Dr Chris Sarra, once commented that “Education strengthens Aboriginality”.

Thank you for your support

It is said that, “success has many parents”, but most importantly is the role played by the parents of the students, particularly through the Gawura Parents Advisory Committee (GPAC). The progress being made in Gawura is due to the hard work and dedication of many. Importantly, the common focus is always the students. It is wonderful to see the continued development of collaborative partnerships in Gawura and the unwavering support of our Friends of Gawura, community members and organisations, our volunteers and of course, the St Andrew’s Cathedral School community and staff.

David North
Head of Gawura, our life changing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School

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