Our location and facilities
We are located at Wangetti Beach, halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas. It is a peaceful bush setting with plenty open space and only a short walk to the beach. Our purpose-built boarding facilities includes an Early Learning Centre, Health Centre, computer rooms, library, music room, catering kitchen, swimming pool and basketball court.
Our boarders have their own room with access to shared family areas, kitchen facilities, games room and lounges.
Family rooms are available for visitors.
We have students from across Cape York, however all First Nations girls aged between 12 and 17 wanting to complete their high school education are welcome to apply.
While the Cape York Girl Academy caters for young mothers and their children, all young women needing a safe, cultural environment to complete their secondary schooling are encouraged to apply.
Education and qualifications
Our students undertake an individual learning program based on their age and academic level. They work to complete their secondary schooling and have an opportunity to achieve a variety of vocational qualifications.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities aimed at preparing students for work include:
- Certificates in Early Education and Care
- Diploma of Child Care
- Certificates in Business Administration, Active Volunteering, Health, and Hospitality and other VET courses offered in partnership with external providers
In addition to VET courses, work experience and school-based traineeships are encouraged. These opportunities can be incorporated into an ATAR eligible pathway.
The academy also has access to a range of culturally-sensitive professionals who support the girls through:
- Physical health and wellbeing
- How to raise healthy bubs and kids
- Indigenous leadership
- Healthy relationships
- Life skills – goal setting, time management, study skills
- Drug and alcohol counselling
- Mental health support
- Family planning
The first five years of a child’s life are crucial to healthy development. That’s why we live and learn together. While mothers are doing class work, their babies attend our Early Learning Centre by childcare professionals.
All mothers spend time in the Early Learning Centre to learn about their child's development, education, health and nutrition.
Our comprehensive health and wellbeing program covers all aspects of mum and bub’s health, including cultural, physical, emotional, spiritual and social.
Beyond school hours
Outside of school hours, students enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, art and other cultural activities. They are also encouraged to join sporting and music clubs outside of school.
Joint events and activities are also organised with other boarding schools to build networks and friendships beyond Cape York Girl Academy.
During school holidays, students return home to community to foster relationships, share what they have learned and connect with Country.
A family approach
Boarding away for education can be hard at times. While nothing can match the incredible bond of family and community, our girls often speak about the strong sisterhood and lasting friendships they form at the academy.
Living with friends who have similar experiences provides connections and relationships for girls to lean on when times are tough. Learning together and watching kids grow up together, makes each day exciting, fun and rewarding.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about Cape York Girl Academy, the enrolment process, or you are a school representative wanting to refer a student, please contact the office.