Djarragun College - Cape York Partnership

Djarragun College

No student left behind. No student held back.

Overview

Located just south of Cairns at Gordonvale, Djarragun College is one of Australia’s leading independent Indigenous colleges.

Djarragun provides a holistic, culturally rich learning environment for all students from Prep to Year 12, with separate girl and boy boarding facilities an option for secondary students.

For senior students, we also provide opportunities and pathways for those seeking entrance into university and other tertiary education as well as a large vocational educational program for those pursuing a pathway from school to work.

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Why it Matters

The education of our children is the most important key to a prosperous future. Through education, we can radically improve the life prospects of Indigenous children for generations to come and develop the capability of each child to be the master of their own future.

An unwavering bi-cultural education helps develop strong, accomplished Indigenous men and women, who can walk confidently in two worlds and become role models for their families and communities.

What we are Doing

We educate the whole child – culturally, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. We aim to develop a holistic knowledge of our student’s academic ability and physical health and wellbeing to be able to fully support each of them onto a successful pathway.

We work tirelessly to ensure that no student is left behind and no student held back. We set the expectation that every student will graduate with entry to university, further education or employment.

Our school song

OUR HOLISTIC APPROACH

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A wellbeing model

Djarragun College employs the Berry Street Education Model, which is a positive education and trauma-informed program that supports staff to meet the specific needs of each student. The pedagogy aims to re-engage young people in learning and progress their academic journey by reinforcing cognitive and behavioural change.

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Health and wellbeing

Djarragun College’s dedicated wellbeing staff offer support to students to improve their social and emotional wellbeing through counselling, group sessions, workshops, education and advocacy. Where appropriate, students are referred for support from the Ngak Min Health clinic located on the College grounds.

Djarragun College strives to promote culture within its curriculum and operations

Language and culture

Djarragun College gives all students the opportunity to take part in enriching artistic, musical and sporting pursuits, as well as comprehensive Indigenous culture and language programs. We provide a culturally safe learning environment and encourage all students to develop and share their culture.

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Vocational Education

Hands-on experience is essential in developing a pathway to employment. Our extensive range of VET courses allow students to combine a vocational pathway with their schooling and work towards a qualification. This ensures our students have multiple options when they complete their Year 12 education.

Contact information

If you would like to learn more, or you are interested in enrolling, you can visit the Djarragun College website.

1 Maher Road, Gordonvale QLD 4865
Phone: (07) 4043 3777
Fax: (07) 4027 9663
admin@djarragun.qld.edu.au

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