Partnerships for Success: Ngara Wingara

The Partnerships for Success: Ngara Wingara program provides individualised educational support and tutoring at an after-school centre at University of Western Sydney Campbelltown campus and helps students reach their educational goals, with a focus on university destinations. This program is funded through the Australian Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program until the end of 2016. It is available to Years 7 – 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from the following schools:

  • Airds High School
  • Ambarvale High School
  • Camden High School
  • Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
  • Eagle Vale High School
  • Elderslie High School
  • Elizabeth Macarthur High School
  • Hurlstone Agricultural High School
  • Ingleburn High School
  • James Meehan High School
  • Leumeah High School
  • Macquarie Fields High School
  • Mount Annan High School
  • Robert Townson High School
  • Sarah Redfern High School
  • Thomas Reddall High School

We’ve been visiting our students all around Australia to hear what they have to say about how the programs help them achieve their dreams.

Breanna Harrison

Robert Townson High SchoolQuestion

Mark Streeter

Robert Townson High SchoolQuestion

Working Together

Tutors at the program are a mix of local secondary teachers and current UWS Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Hear why they are involved in the program.

Partnerships for Success: Ngara Wingara Launch

Ngara Wingara – Dharawal was launched at the UWS Campbelltown campus on March 18 2015. Attending the launch was: Acting UWS Vice-Chancellor Professor Denise Kirkpatrick along with Dr Andrew McDonald, member for Macquarie Fields, Dr Sue Gordon, Chair and Patron of Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, and Dharawal Elder Aunty Frances Bodkin. Students participating in the program and their families, as well as tutors and other special guests, were also in attendance.


Dharawal Elder Aunty Frances Bodkin delivered the Welcome to Country assisted by Breanna Harrison from Robert Townson High School.

Thanks to Matt Vella for filming, editing and producing the two vodcasts.

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Partnerships for Success: Ngara Wingara Launch

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 16 secondary schools in the Macarthur area now have the chance to participate in an after-school academic and cultural program. Ngara Wingara – Dharawal for ‘to listen, to think’ – is a partnership between the University of Western Sydney and the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation which targets students […]

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Dr Sue Gordon AM’s speech at University of Western Sydney and Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Partnership event

I’d like to acknowledge the Dharawal people on whose land we are gathering this afternoon and thank Aunty Frances Bodkin, Dharawal Elder and Steering Committee member, for her Welcome to Country. I’d like to also acknowledge Dr Andrew McDonald, MP for Macquarie Fields, Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, UWS Acting Vice Chancellor and President, Steve Montgomery from […]

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