Indigenous Students

Kinross Wolaroi School has a tradition of welcoming Indigenous students. We see ourselves as encouraging the aspirations of young Indigenous people and we aim to support them in making the most of the opportunities presented at the School. At the same time, KWS recognizes the many ways Indigenous culture contributes to the dynamism of our school and enriches the KWS community. Our Indigenous students come mainly from rural and remote areas.

The School’s orientation process seeks to make the transition to Kinross Wolaroi School less daunting and more comfortable for students. We assess current academic levels, see to uniforms, textbooks and stationery, but most importantly we organise for new students and their families to meet and get to know key staff members, both Academic and Boarding. A carefully thought-out 'buddy system' is in place so new students are sure of where they have to be and what they have to do during the first few weeks of school. The Tutor system oversees the general wellbeing of Indigenous students in their care. In addition to this, the School has an Indigenous Students Coordinator who works directly with them and an Indigenous Learning Support staff member who support them academically. Students are encouraged to talk to staff members about any matters that cause them concern.

Indigenous students are encouraged to be proud of their traditions and heritage while at the same time becoming part of the whole School community. In class, on the sporting field and in areas of music and drama, we have high expectations and we support our Indigenous students in their endeavours and do all we can to help them fulfil their potential. Leadership opportunities are especially important for young Indigenous people, and the School provides these through Tutor and Boarding Houses, the Co-curricular program and the Prefect system.

We aim to provide an educational opportunity where students can do their best, enhance their sense of identity, pursue their dreams and develop the skills to walk confidently in two worlds. ‘Yanhanha bula Waa’ (Walking in two Worlds) Wiradjuri


The Yalari Program

Kinross Wolaroi School is proud to be a partnership school with the Yalari Foundation. Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.

There are currently several Indigenous students attending KWS through the support of Yalari. Each year, the organisation offers Scholarships to Indigenous children who satisfy the selection criteria and are willing to give 100% towards their education.

Applicants must be an Indigenous child from a regional, rural or remote community in Australia who is entering Year 7. For eligibility and scholarship application details please visit the Yalari website.

AIME: Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience

KWS has proudly partnered with AIME, providing another level of support for our Indigenous Students. AIME is an educationally based mentor program that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through secondary school, into university, employment and further education.

Indigenous Bursaries at KWS

Kinross Wolaroi School is proud to be able to offer a small number of Indigenous Bursaries to students each year. If you are considering applying for an Indigenous Bursary at Kinross Wolaroi School, please contact our Admissions Team on 02 6392 0300 or email admissions@kws.nsw.edu.au