Adventurous Minds seek new ways forward. They are culturally aware and have global perspectives. They connect, collaborate and empower others.
At Woodleigh, our Indigenous Partnership programs develop essential cultural and social understandings as students build relationships and engage directly in a diverse range of experiences.
Woodleigh has established meaningful partnerships with several Indigenous communities locally and throughout Australia; in particular, Mijwatj in northeast Arnhem Land, Ampilawatja in central Australia and Wugularr School in Beswick NT.
Our Year 6 Penbank students have recently enjoyed a trip north to visit their friends at Wugularr School. The two schools have formed a strong connection over the seven years they have been visiting each other. The ‘Wugubank’ Partnership aims to develop long-term relationships, establishing trust, personal respect and connections with the view of broadening horizons for all.
It is based on the premise that young children naturally interact with each other and are not unduly affected by the barriers of culture or language. Children are generally free from prejudice and simply love to play and learn. In a school setting, and through structured and culturally respectful educational exchanges, the Wugubank Partnership enables the children from each school to understand and influence each other about their world.
Our Indigenous Partnership programs help students to understand: “What does it mean to be an Indigenous Australian?”
By forming an understanding of other cultures, students also learn to value their own culture and the insights, ways and understandings that they can offer others.
At Woodleigh, a journey of cultural investigation begins in our Early Learning programs at both Minimbah and Penbank campuses and is embedded throughout the secondary years.
We believe deeply in a culture of mutual respect. We educate students to be inclusive, collaborative and to celebrate differences.
We believe that together we are empowered.