The Dhupuma Studio School is a residential secondary school for Yolngu students that will be based at Gulkula, the site of the annual Garma Festival.

The school is a partnership between Studio Schools of Australia and the Yothu Yindi Foundation.

It will be based on SSA’s successful Yiramalay model in the Kimberley, which has delivered 90 per cent attendance rates and seen 80 per cent of students move on to further education or employment after school.

Key features of the Yiramalay model are:

  • Practical, hands-on learning across academic learning, industry learning, and personal/social development in the secondary years;
  • A fully residential learning model that is 24/7, supporting the development of living skills, cultural identity and personal confidence;
  • Partner school relationships where Indigenous and non-Indigenous students live and study together on-country and in other environments; and
  • Genuine and equal partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians with emphasis on the importance of Indigenous co-design and co-leadership.

YYF is thrilled to be working with SSA to deliver this important part of the education hub.