Cape York Girl Academy seeks to grow effective and confident mothers, happy and confident children, and provide young Indigenous women with opportunities for growth and success in every aspect of their lives.

Term 2 Flashback

FLASHBACK to Term 2. Our senior students spent time participating in research, discussions and physical education activities. These activities were designed to assist them in developing a good understanding of the physical skills and nutritional benefits for...

National Education Award for the Cape York Girl Academy

 A National Boarding Award has been presented to the Cape York Girl Academy, a unique school for girls who have been chronically disengaged from education.  At the National Boarding Symposium in Brisbane, Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia recognised the Girl...

The Girl Academy gets outdoors

First trip back to the Yarning Circle after the long holidays was a pleasing surprise! The grass and new trees had grown and the orchard that we placed in a tree had established new roots and appeared more firmly attached. We chatted about all the changes to the...

Friday yarning and lunch

As always, on a Friday, senior hospitality students prepare a formal lunch for students and staff. We are loving having the girls back at school. Sitting down and yarning together over a delicious home cooked meal at the end of a school week is the best way to enter...

Girl Academy get back into the 2019 school year

First day back at school for 2019! Big thanks to Noeleen and Jaydah, who volunteered to cook a creamy, chicken & mushroom casserole with bacon & spinach. Dinner should be extremely yummy tonight!

Two Weeks Until School’s Back for 2019!

Two of our gorgeous Girl Academy students. Two weeks until school's back. We can't wait to have all of our girls back in the classroom!

Term 4 Happy Snaps

Here's a happy snap of Miss Di, Noeleen, Jamie- Lee & Rosleen back in term 4. We are looking forward to having all of the girls back in a few weeks!

Esther Tells her Story through Art

In Term 4, all students completed a piece of artwork and an artist statement describing their finished work. In response to my time sitting around the creek during yarning times; listening, watching and contemplating, I have created this painting called An Upward...

Merry Christmas from the Girl Academy

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, we hope you have a great day surrounded by your loved ones! ???

Girls Get Experience with the Next Generation

Throughout the year students who were interested in studying a certificate 3 in Early Childcare were given the opportunity to visit and get real-world experience with the children at Goodstart Early Learning Centre, Mossman. During their time there the girls learnt...

The Girls go to Green Island

We hope everyone is having a great break! Over the Christmas holiday period, we will be doing some flashbacks to awesome things we achieved throughout the 2018 school year! Brandy, Shakayla and Miss Kathy, (head of boarding), visited Green Island in Term 4. "Green...

School’s out for 2018!

WOOHOO, SCHOOL'S OUT!! What a fabulous year we have all had here at the Cape York Girl Academy. Have a wonderful break and stay safe! See you in 2019!

Starting the Day Right

Our 15-minute walk to the beach resulted in a nice, cool, feet- dip in the ocean. Not a bad way to start the day!

Jamie-Lee graduates!

Congratulations Jamie-Lee Nobel, on completing your studies at the Cape York Girl Academy. We are going to miss you like crazy! Good luck with your future and stay in...

Friday Fun

The girls enjoying Friday afternoon, chatting and playing with Elicyah.

Forever Friends

Our girls love getting together on weekends to hang out and do fun activities outside of the classroom! "On the weekend, we went to Jump Mania. I liked jumping around from one trampoline to the next. Some trampolines made you jump higher than others! There was even...

Winding Down

Every Wednesday, during the last period, the girls participate in a one hour yoga and meditation class led by Jodie. It is a great way to wind down after a long day of learning!

Hot Summer Days

Last Sunday the girls attended the Transition Support Services Fun Day, held at Sugar World. Not only was it enjoyed by all students and boarding staff, but it was a fantastic way to spend a hot, summers day!

Coming Together

"Being down at the Yarning Circle is peaceful and calming. The sound of the river flowing, the birds chirping and the tree's rustling in the breeze, make a perfect spot for relaxing and coming together." - Esther Brim

A Trance of Calmness

Drumbeat is held every Thursday, for a one hour period. Miss Emmaline helps the girls experiment with different ways of expression through sound. This sound is usually heard throughout the school and is, at times, like a trance of calmness.

We Farewell Neil

We recently farewelled Neil. Neil wore many hats and was a great asset to the Girl Academy team. "Thank's Neil for driving us everywhere, cooking us breakfast and for making us laugh! Good-luck on your next adventure. We will miss you!" - Rosleen

The Future is Looking Bright

This Term in English, senior students are reading books to help determine which job may best suit them in the future. “I’m reading a book on forensic science, as I enjoy looking for answers and problem-solving. The book, Eyes for Evidence, describes the different...

Building Capabilities

At the end of Term 3, we had the pleasure of welcoming JUTE Theatre Company to our school to carry out a three-day workshop with our girls. All girls thoroughly enjoyed this experience, evident by the amount of laughter and joy that could be heard throughout the...

Coming Together

"Every morning and afternoon Miss Shoba leads Dadirri. This is a time where we all come together, listen deeply and take a breath. This helps me feel relaxed and reminds me of who I am and the country I am on." – Aretha Bani

Happy Holidays

As part of Junior Science and to celebrate the last day of Term 3, all Students went on an excursion to the Cairns Aquarium. They saw and learnt about a range of different species living in various environments within Far North Queensland. After, the girls went to the...

Keeping Traditions Alive

We can't thank the Walker family enough for guiding our students through the Cooya Beach mangroves and providing a delicious lunch! Our girls enjoyed the mud flat walk, whilst hunting for mud mussels and periwinkles in the traditional way! Learning about the...

No Blame, No Shame

Anne Russell, public speaker and expert on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), made a special visit to the Academy to speak to students and staff about the dangers of unplanned pregnancies, drug and alcohol use. She shared her expertise and personal experiences on...

Our Farm Visit

All of us at Cape York Girl Academy were recently invited to visit Miss Annette's farm. Learning about animals whilst being up close and personal with Mis Annette's horses, cows and their baby calves was so special and heartwarming. Here is Tanya, Aaliyah, Eesther,...

Painting Stories

Junior students enjoying their Friday art class. This term the girls are using watercolours to respond to the short stories they are reading in English from the text called Rain Stones, written by Jackie French.

Exploring Stories

During English with Miss Karen, the senior girls are currently reading ‘Holes’, an exciting story about a young boy called Stanley, who was wrongly charged and convicted for stealing a pair of sneakers. So far, the girls have explored the setting and relate to the...

What is the Cape York Girl Academy?

Every girl has the right to a good education. With education, girls can change their world and the world around them. The Cape York Girl Academy ensures every Indigenous girl can complete their education.

It is Australia’s first boarding school designed for young mothers and their babies. Mothers and their babies live together, and learn together, supported by caring staff and surrounded by friends and visiting family.

The Cape York Girl Academy students will graduate with an education and the confidence to be the best they can be as individuals, as valued members of their community and as future leaders.

Our story

Indigenous women of Cape York are changemakers in our communities. Our Aunties, grandmothers and mothers have been concerned for years about too many girls not completing their education and in turn, limiting their life choices.

Teenage pregnancy is one of the most common reasons for our girls dropping out of school. Through yarning circles and community consultations, Cape York women asked for a place for girls to finish their schooling, to gain work skills and qualifications, and to grow themselves and their children as our future Indigenous leaders.

The Cape York Girl Academy is an Indigenous learning space based on family. Girls can work toward their goals, build healthy and happy families, and achieve educational, economic and community success.

Cape York Partnership built the Cape York Girl Academy idea alongside Cape York women. The direction of our Academy was, and always will be, guided by the direction of Aboriginal women, including our students. This way we can ensure the cultural, spiritual, educational and physical needs of our young women are met.

Our babies

The first five years of a child’s life are crucial to healthy development. Like sponges, the experiences children have in these years are drawn in rapidly, helping to shape the adults they will grow to become. More than anything else, the relationships children have with their mums and caregivers affect how they learn and grow. That’s why the Cape York Girl Academy is a boarding school for young mothers and their babies, built on family. You learn together and grow together.

A comprehensive health and well-being program for mum and bub includes all aspects of health — culture, physical, emotional, spiritual, social. The Cape York Girl Academy education builds on a family model, which at its heart is focused on healthy culture, healthy mind, healthy body, healthy spirit and most of all, healthy relationships.