Aboriginal Support

St Joseph's College acknowledges the Wonnarua people, the traditional custodians of the land on which the College is built and we pay our respect to elders past, present and emerging for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of the Wonnarua people. 

St Joseph's College is committed to providing the highest standard of education for all students and welcomes people from a diversity of cultures and nations. In particular, we are committed to supporting a connection to our First people and as such have established the Yalawa Centre. 

Yalawa is a cultural hub that brings together Aboriginal & Torres Strait students from all year groups and differing Aboriginal nations from across Australia. Yalawa, meaning ‘stay and rest’ provides a dedicated space, where students can gather, seek support for their academic studies and wellbeing, discuss career pathway options, engage in cultural awareness activities and deepen their understanding of country and identity.

The Yalawa Centre is a place where students can continue to build their capacity; a place where they can gather as one and gain the confidence to be people of strength, faith and hope  Originally part of the Tenison Education Centre which was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph, the Yalawa Centre draws our contemporary Josephite community together. The building and concept evokes the legacy of care for Indigenous people and country that the Sisters of St Joseph Lochinvar have nurtured and lived. This is a legacy that we, the students and staff of St Joseph’s College will strive to uphold and deepen as we meet the needs of 21st Century learners and families.

On a practical level, St Joseph's employs one full time and one part time Aboriginal Education Teachers to provide mentoring, support with learning, assessment and careers to the Aboriginal students who form 10% of our enrolments.

As a sign of our commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, and in the spirit of Reconciliation, the Indigenous Equity Bursary Program has been established for students commencing in Year 7 and Year 11

Year 7 Indigenous Equity Bursary Information and Application 2021

Year 11 indigenous Equity Bursary Information and Application 2021