Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Yiramalay Wesley Studio School


Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School 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 – last year students completed all required school days, more than in any of their previous years at school. Of those students who completed the Year 10 Induction, the majority remain in the program.

Measurable improvement in student health – reduction in smoking and other drug taking, improved sleep, improved physical fitness.

Demonstrated readiness to learn and to engage in two-way learning – Aboriginal students act as leaders for learning “on country” – seven have successfully completed Year 12 in the full Studio School program. Currently 16 students are completing Year 11 and 40 expressions of interest have been received for a limit of 15 places in Year 10 in 2014.

Since 2010, 212 students have completed the Year 10, 3 week Induction Program. This includes both Melbourne and local students.

Demonstrated readiness to teach non Aboriginal students black fella 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.

Senior Years Learning Framework

Students enrolled at the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School, pursue their studies within the Senior Years Learning Framework. This flexible framework makes it possible for students who have an Industry or Vocational interest to pursue these through an integrated competency based approach to learning. As shown below, this model requires students to study accredited senior secondary courses and/or vocational units in three distinct domains of learning which are valued equally - industry learning; academic learning; personal development.

Senior Years Learning Framework

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.