Wesley College is not currently accepting AIEF Scholarship Applications, however students and families are encouraged to contact the school directly to enquire about other scholarship opportunities that may be available.
As a Uniting Church school, Wesley College, South Perth is committed to reconciliation and social justice. The College continues to support and welcomes a positive working partnership with AIEF which in 2021 had 10 students on scholarships, including four Year 12 students who have recently graduated.
Our cultural program, the Moorditj Mob, complements mainstream education at Wesley College. Moorditj is the Nyoongar word for strong or excellent and the word represents the strength and resilience that students develop while they are at the college.
Wesley College sits on Wajuk Nyoongar Country on the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan in South Perth. In 2021, 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were enrolled at the college from all different geographical locations in WA, representing diverse Indigenous cultures.
The cultural program is, in essence, a Nyoongar program that teaches students language and culture of the Nyoongar people. However, as students travel from all over WA to study at the college, they also bring their own knowledge and identities which they share with Nyoongar students and non-Aboriginal students. The Wesley College Boarding House offers students a safe environment where all students can dedicate time to their academic and co-curricular commitments, as well as benefiting from pastoral support.
As a major part of the Moorditj Mob program, the students perform traditional and contemporary dance, play the didgeridoo and complete various art projects. As students become competent in dance and didgeridoo, they develop an understanding of traditional knowledge and pride in sharing culture and knowledge with others.
Students are invited to perform at numerous events across the state where they share and learn with the community. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in mentor workshops to further develop their knowledge of culture.
The Moorditj Mob is a significant member of the local community and works closely with Indigenous organisations, local universities and government schools to offer students the best possible cultural education. The values and objectives of the Moorditj Mob program are infectious and infiltrate the students local communities, encouraging others to see the importance of a good education as being part of living a full and well-rounded life.
After a highly interrupted 2020 due to COVID 19, it was wonderful for the Moorditj Mob students to be reengaged in their cultural activities in 2021. The students delivered close to 80 dance performances combined between College specific and external events. These performances included marquee events for various businesses and organisations and cultural immersions at primary and secondary schools. Significant events included the Red Cape Ball at Optus Stadium, Department of Fire and Emergency Services Gala Dinner at Crown Towers along with the Australia College of Surgeons and Lifeline Balls.
This year marked the one-year anniversary since the College launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). In partnership with staff and students across all sub schools, a combined NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week was held with a variety of activities delivered to provide education around culture and importantly strategies to act as part of the College’s journey towards reconciliation.
A significant outcome from the week was an initiative to create a College Tie as a departing gift for the graduating Year 12s. Led by the College Captain, Sam White and Moorditj Mob student Arthur Jones, the Indigenous designed tie illustrates the story of a student’s journey at Wesley College. The tie will also become part of the school uniform.
Additional to the cultural content of the Moorditj Mob program, there was increased emphasis on academic support with students increasingly engaging in additional academic tuition, both during and after school hours. Senior School students increased their engagement in career transition programs including work experience and school-based traineeship opportunities.
Moving forward towards 2022, the aim will be to maintain the strong cultural content of the program whilst also looking to further develop and strengthen the academic support and career guidance provided to all students.
In 2021, AIEF Scholarship Students at Wesley College, South Perth were spread across Years 10 to 12.
In 2021, the 46 Indigenous students enrolled at Wesley College, South Perth were representative of 5.9% of the total population of 778 students.
In 2021, AIEF Supported 10 students at Wesley College, South Perth.
In 2021, the retention and Year 12 completion rate at Wesley College, South Perth was 100%.
Note: Attrition rates do not imply underperformance as students may leave a school for a variety of reasons including changes in personal circumstances such as family relocation interstate, personal or family health issues, or moving to a school that is more suited to the needs of the student.