Woolaning Homeland Christian College is located adjacent to Litchfield National Park, approximately two hours drive south of Darwin. The College and all of its additional facilities were literally carved out of the bush that surrounds the area.
The College provides education, training and care for around 60 secondary-aged Indigenous students, who board at Woolaning during (six by six week) school terms in purpose-built Family Group Home accommodation. Regular contact between students and their home communities is encouraged and is a major factor helping students succeed in an environment away from home and family.
The College implements the Accelerated Literacy program which sees students making consistent gains in literacy and numeracy achievements throughout the year. Vocational Education and Training is also provided for students in the areas of automotive, construction and teacher-aide training.
Students are cared for in a ‘home away from home’ environment, with a Christian couple/family living with up to 12 students in purpose-built homes. Modelling of good nutrition and hygiene practices as well as taking responsibility for general household chores are all important parts of the overall learning process.
The College commenced at part of NT Christian Schools in 2002 in partnership with the Woolaning Community and other key indigenous communities in the region. The College was formed in response to the community’s expression of their vision and strong desire to see their young people to receive rigorous Christian education and care, away from the negative influences of the larger townships and cities in the NT. As a result, the College is providing a future with hope for many Indigenous young people and their families.
Woolaning Homeland Christian College Annual Report 2012
Woolaning Homeland Christian College School Improvement Plan 2013