The 60 Aboriginal students living and learning together at the Studio School come from diverse locations, backgrounds, cultures and communities. Everyone has a role to play at Yiramalay – our students’ experiences, beliefs and journeys are the lifeblood of this vibrant school community.
Where our students come from
Our student come from over 15 cities, towns and communities across Australia. From the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory to Nickol on the Western Australian coast, many of our students travel thousands of kilometres to attend the Studio School.
Languages and cultures
There are currently 15 Aboriginal languages spoken at Yiramalay. The Studio School supports the preservation of Indigenous languages and cultures and encourages students to share their languages, beliefs and practices with one another.
“I am proud be the attending the Yiramalay Studio School. I started at the school in Term 1, 2018. Since then I have made lots of new friends and got to experience a lot of interesting and fun activities ¬– including learning about the different Indigenous tribes and the history of Fitzroy Crossing. After I finish Year 12, I hope to go to university to study music and theology.”
“My experience has included meeting new people, learning about them and how different the local Bunuba culture and my culture Yinjibarndi, are. When I leave school, I would like to try journalism in a big city like Melbourne, but for now I like being here because there are different people to meet, and I get to swim in the beautiful waterholes.”
“I come from Gapuwiyak in the NT – a small community near Gove/Nhulunbuy in the east Arnhem. I started in Yiramalay in Term 3, 2017. I like footy, basketball, maths and dancing. In my future, I want to teach kids our Yolngu culture, how to make spears and to dance freestyle.”