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Australia: St Andrew’s Cathedral Gawura School


Artist Nakyah Mudine Hickey - Gawura School Artworks displayed on Sydney Ferries by Gawura students.
Artist Nakyah Mudine Hickey – Gawura
School Artworks displayed on Sydney
Ferries by Gawura students.
Reconciliation project


This is part of the Reconciliation Program:
Learn more about ABM’s Programs here


The Gawura School offers indigenous students from Kindergarten to Year 6 an intensive program of literacy and numeracy skills in a vibrant environment that celebrates and strengthens indigenous culture.

All students commence in Kindergarten which supports ABM’s preference to ‘Stop the Gap’ rather than ‘Close’ it. After Year 6, Gawura School graduates are offered a smooth transition to St Andrew’s Secondary School and are provided full scholarships taking them through to Year 12.

In 2015 five Gawura students were in Year 12 which was the biggest cohort of graduates since the school was established in 2007.

The curriculum is diverse with targeted literacy and numeracy programs within the Gawura classroom, along with art, sport, music and other co-curricular and social activities with the rest of St Andrew’s students.

An example of one of the exciting extra-curricular activities in 2015 was during NAIDOC week in July when Gawura artworks were displayed on Sydney Ferries. The students worked extremely hard on their artworks; they are full of colour, life and culture. As a sign of respect to the NAIDOC theme, the art works symbolise each student’s personal connection to the land they travel on every day. They represent their totem, their protector.

David North, Head of Gawura said NAIDOC week is amongst his favourite time of the year as it is a day that celebrates indigenous culture, academic excellence, music and dance and it is always a bit of fun.

Support Gawura and help raise $35,200 to “stop the gap”.

AU009SS needs $35,200 in 2016 (tax-deductible)



You can make an online donation to this project by selecting Australia: St Andrew’s Gawura School Scholarship from the full project list.

Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission – Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code with your payment details.

Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.



Watch a short feature on Gawura which screened on ABC National News in February this year: Gawura on ABC National TVThe online story may be found on the ABC website here.


ABM Video: This short documentary gives a glimpse inside the Gawura campus of St Andrew’s School.