Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Yiramalay Wesley Studio School


What difference has the program made to date?

To date the following outcomes have been documented:

For students

  • near perfect school attendance and high level retention – retention of students of Yiramalay is significantly higher than the national average for Aboriginal students – 70% of students at Yiramalay have completed Year 12 (national average 19%) and 80% of students at Yiramalay have completed Year 11 (national average 10%)
  • measurable improvement in student health – increased mental wellbeing, improved sleep and improved physical fitness
  • demonstrated readiness to learn and to engage in two-way learning – Aboriginal students act as leaders for learning “on country”
  • since Yiramalay’s inception in 2010, nearly 75% of graduates have been employed or are continuing their education with further study
  • demonstrated readiness to teach non-Aboriginal students indigenous culture – many examples with three major community projects; fire pit, traditional bough shed, and cultural walking track to the Yiramalay Spring now completed
  • positive, enduring relationships with Wesley teachers and staff – many examples of trusting, respectful relationships across both communities.

Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School
Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School

For community

Engagement of Aboriginal families in the program at Yiramalay and in Melbourne – a Yiramalay parent committee has been established. Kimberley and Melbourne families have been fully engaged and have attended many Studio School based events.

The Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School is employing local people as Residential Mentors, Community Mentors, Teachers’ aides and General Staff.