Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program Success!

17 January 2014

Students at the Summer Program

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students from across Australia spent this week at the University of Sydney's inaugural Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program.

The Wingara Mura (A thinking path) - Bunga Barrabugu (To make tomorrow) Summer Program brought 216 students to the University to learn more about disciplines such as health, humanities and social science, architecture and the creative arts, music, natural science, and business. Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu is unique in bringing students from Australia's far reaches to investigate study options across the university's disciplines. It is also the only interdisciplinary program targeting students from Year 9, when many are streamed into vocational training rendering them ineligible for an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rating (ATAR).

The Wingara Mura program for Year 9 and 10 students gave participants the chance to try their hand in five study streams from a range of faculties. Those attending the Bunga Barrabugu program for Year 11 and 12 students will elected to study one stream.

Students at the Summer Program

Activities included:

  • creative art and architectural design challenges where students will create scale models of buildings that incorporate the natural and built environment around it;
  • hands-on workshops, lectures and laboratory tours for science students in Camden and Chowder Bay; and
  • an introduction to the Cumberland Campus and what it's like to study physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and exercise and sports science for health students.

The program was profiled on the 7:30 Report on Thursday night. At the graduations ceremonies on Thursday and Friday participants spoke of experience being 'life changing'.

The Summer Program is funded by Bridges to Higher Education, a $21.2m initiative, funded by the Commonwealth Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), to improve the participation rates of students from communities under-represented in higher education and the University of Sydney.

Students at the Summer Program