Gawura School

Support First Nations students as they progress through their education in a supportive and enriching environment.

Gawura is a school located in the heart of Sydney CBD, that uniquely caters to First Nations students. Within a small class size setting, there is a maximum of 42 students in the school (6 per year level), which focuses intensely on literacy and numeracy, in an effort to reduce the educational gap.

All students at Gawura are on a full tuition scholarship. When students reach Year 7, they are offered a fully paid scholarship for secondary school at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, to continue their educational journey.

Gawura proudly provides a supportive environment, to not only its students, but their families too, by ensuring a culturally safe place to learn. This includes having 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and staff, and cultural knowledge integrated into all levels of learning, including Wiradjuri language classes.

Gawura provides additional supports such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, music tuition, cultural excursions and camps, annual dental checks and an exclusive bus to assist with school attendance rates. This is all included within the scholarship. Research shows that when there is a strong link between culture, land, and community this benefits all aspects of learning for First Nations students.

Gawura graduates have gone on to complete PhDs, study medicine and law, receive a scholarship to Oxford University or work on Country within an indigenous community. In 2020 Gawura was awarded the School of Year at the Australian Education Awards.

Please pray for Gawura students, families and teachers. And for the efforts of the school to support a growing number of secondary school scholarships. Funds donated to this project go towards secondary school scholarships for Gawura students.

Project Prayer

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister”, and call insight your intimate friend.
– Proverbs 7.4

God of this ancient land,
We give you thanks that Wisdom was at your right hand
when you created the world,
all its mountains, rivers, and deserts,
its people, plants, and animals.

You have made us with curious minds
and to be inquisitive,
so that we might seek for knowledge and understanding.
We are thankful for this great gift.

We thank you for all who were involved
with bringing Gawura School to birth,
and we pray that you would shower down your blessing on them,
on the current students and their teachers,
and on all who have studied at the school.

May the lives of all who teach and learn at Gawura
be marked by their embrace of your Holy Wisdom
and may their insight be empowered by your Holy Spirit.

We ask this in the name of the one who is Holy Wisdom,
Jesus Christ the Righteous,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.

In 2024 we hope to raise for this project:


Donation code: AU018SS


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Your gift will be used to help provide a Gawura scholarship for an Indigenous secondary school student.

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As noted, this is a tax-deductible project. All donations are in Australian dollars (AUD) and all gifts of $2 or more are tax-deductible.
Gifts are received by the trustee for the ‘Anglicans in Development Ltd’ ABN 86 647 293 481

Gifts will be applied to the support of projects selected. In the unlikely event of projects being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to similar projects.

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