Every school day, a quiet revolution is taking place in the heart of Sydney.

25 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are attending an intensive program of literacy and numeracy in a vibrant environment that celebrates and strengthens Indigenous culture.

Their school, Gawura, sits within St Andrew’s Cathedral School and is a highly regarded ‘lighthouse’ model for Indigenous day school education, from kindergarten to year 6.

Gawura is different to most schools. As well as academic and music tuition, they provide students with school and sport uniforms and books to take home. Students also receive support for co-curricular activities. Continued and close collaboration with Indigenous parents and families has been critical to the success of the program and to the engagement of their students.

"This love of school is infectious and it is promoting tremendous success both individually and collectively.”

On completing year 6, Gawura graduates are offered secondary scholarships to St Andrew’s Cathedral School.

David North, Head of Gawura, is proud of how the children are making the most of their education opportunities: “It is wonderful to see the children’s day-to-day effort and enthusiasm for all aspects of school life.

Our Foundation is proud to be supported the development and progression of the Gawura model.

Meet Gawura students Izak and Biwali

Visit the Gawura website