Vision and Concept
The concept of the Studio School is a place of hands-on practical, work-related learning on country which allows students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to build relationships and to participate fully in the opportunities for industry learning and personal/social learning across cultures in a residential setting.
The educational program embraces a new learning framework for the senior secondary years developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) called the Senior Years Learning Framework. The new learning framework gives equal value to academic learning, hands-on practical industry learning, and personal/social learning across cultures.
As a learning space, the Studio School is a flexible construct, adaptable and transportable. It is shaped by context, location, and time, and at Yiramalay, by the local industry opportunities in pastoralism, agriculture, ecotourism, the arts and the language and culture of Aboriginal Australia.
The location and residential nature of the Studio School allows students to be fully immersed in the culture and local community whether in the Kimberley or in Melbourne. Students spend two terms of the school year on country at Yiramalay during the dry season (Terms 2 and 3) and two terms in Melbourne (Terms 1 and 4) at Wesley College.
Students who graduate from the Studio School complete one of the following accredited secondary Year 12 qualifications – Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) Certificate II in Work Preparation, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education and Training (VET), West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB DP). Students also receive an ACER certificate of completion of the new Senior Years Learning Framework.
As a school, the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School provides learning which is holistic, connected, context based, experiential, residential, and immersed in the culture and local community of each setting. It focuses on learning by doing. It is providing a new pathway for Aboriginal students to access Australian mainstream education and to complete Year 12 successfully and for non-Aboriginal students from Melbourne to learn on country alongside Australia’s first people.
The Yiramalay Symbol
The artwork for the Wesley College and Fitzroy Valley Community Partnership was created by Joe Ross, a Bunuba man, and captures the essence of the partnership between the Wesley and Fitzroy Valley communities.
In this image, the concentric circles represent the meeting place where the joining of our communities and the continuation of the partnership are celebrated.
The purple circle at the centre of these circles symbolises Wesley’s involvement at the hub of the partnership's activity and the parallel lines, which adjoin the circles, symbolise the paths which lead to the meeting place.