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The Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School

The vision of the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School is to bring about positive change through education to the children and families of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities who are part of the school. Last year, ten Aboriginal Year 12 students graduated from the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School. Watch the highlights from 2018 below:

In November 2004, a unique and special partnership between the Aboriginal people of the Fitzroy Valley Community in the Kimberley, Western Australia, and the community of Wesley College Melbourne, was established to bring about positive change through education.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties encapsulated their deep commitment to learning together, and to expanding horizons and future opportunities for the children and families of both communities.

With shared respect for people, language, culture and country, the stated aims of the partnership were to:

  • Expand the horizons and life choice expectations of our youth
  • Enrich and enhance the whole of life experiences for both communities
  • Develop cultural understanding and a capacity to relate to others
  • Support and to enhance community cohesion 

Within the partnership many projects have flourished including: the development and publication of Bunuba and Walmajarri language curriculum resource units of inquiry for primary school children, the establishment of Wesmob, a Wesley student advocacy group, participation in three Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre Bush Meetings, held on Gooniyandi, Walmajarri and Bunuba country, and participation by Wesley students at the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) Festival.

The Studio School began operation on 15 August 2010 with an Induction Program for students in Year 10, and it was officially opened on 20 May 2011 with the launch of the new Senior Years Learning Framework.

Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School
Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School

Expressions of interest

If you are a student interested in attending the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School, we encourage you to fill in the Expression of Interest form here.

For further information, contact:

Ned McCord
Executive Director

Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School
Tel: + 61 3 8102 6096 
Mobile: + 61 418 828 351

Email: ned.mccord@yiramalay.net

Dawn Anderson
Executive Officer
Yiramalay Foundation
Tel: + 61 3 8102 6696
Email: dawn.anderson@yiramalay.net

Yiramalay Community Centre
Tel: + 61 3 8102 6090

Yiramalay Office, Kimberley
Tel: + 61 8 9191 7394

Yiramalay Office, Melbourne
Tel: + 61 3 8102 6244

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