Information for Parents

Thank you for considering your child/ward’s attendance at the Summer Program at The University of Sydney.

The Summer Program is designed to give your child/ward the chance to experience university first-hand, so they can make the right choices now to help them achieve their future goals.

As a parent/guardian, you have an enormous influence on the decisions your child/ward makes about their education and career. Your perceptions and experiences of education and work have a significant impact on them from an early age. Going to university will be one of the biggest decisions your child makes. It can be both exciting and daunting, but they do not have to make this decision alone.

Our graduates come from all walks of life and go on to become scientists, engineers, artists, writers, musicians, dentists, architects, business managers, teachers and health professionals.

Questions and answers

What can I do to help my child/ward adjust to Summer Program easily?

If this is your child/ward’s first time away from home, please do not be tempted to say you will come and get them if they feel homesick. Instead, reinforce the idea that they are going to have a great time. Encourage them to talk to any of the staff during the program about any concerns they may have.

Pastoral care

Pastoral care at the Summer Program is overseen by a dedicated team. The team is comprised of a number of Aunties and Uncles in-residence and Chaperones travelling with participants to the Program and are available to students and staff day and night.

Will my child/ward be sharing a room?

Rooms accommodate 1-2 students for the Summer Program. If there are any specific room share requests, we will do our best to accommodate the request. Rooms are allocated according to gender, age and geographic location.

Our staff stay in separate rooms adjacent to the students’ and will be responsible for students safety and behaviour during the night.

What type of supervision is provided?

We adopt a 1 staff member to 8 students’ supervision ratio at all times.

What if my child/ward is coming to the Summer Program alone?

The Summer Program is a great place for students to make friends. There are students travelling from all over the country for the Summer Program, many of whom will come on their own. The Summer Program includes both structured and less formal time so that students will have opportunities to mingle and get to know other students from the Summer Program.

Will someone be there to greet and see off my child/ward at the beginning and end of the Program?

Upon arrival at the airport, students will be greeted by University of Sydney staff members who will be wearing a Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu staff shirt and carrying a sign with Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program 2016. They will travel with students from the station or airport to the University. Following the completion of the Summer Program students will be escorted to the station or airport and then supervised until boarding. In the week prior to the commencement of the Program we will be in touch with specific details of where our staff will be located to greet your child/ward.

What about special medical requirements?

We take your child/ward’s health seriously and our staff are experienced in helping with conditions such as asthma or diabetes and will record and carefully supervise students who need to self-administer medication. In addition to first aid trained staff being present at all times, a dedicated senior paramedic nurse will be on site for emergencies and the University health service is aware that we will have students on campus during this week. Please make sure that the medical forms are filled out correctly and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns.

What if I need to contact my child/ward in case of a family emergency?

In case of emergency, staff are contactable 24 hours a day - phone numbers will be provided in the week prior to the commencement of the Summer Program.

What if my child/ward is injured or ill?

Wherever possible you will be contacted immediately and notified of the nature of the illness or injury. If medical attention is required, students are taken to the nearest medical centre or hospital. Students with minor illnesses or injuries can stay on campus under the supervision of the University medical services and a senior paramedic nurse who will be onsite from 7am-11pm daily.

Will my child/ward be safe?

All activities are supervised by qualified and experienced staff with first aid qualifications. All staff are screened for their suitability to work with children and are trained in safeguarding children.

How do you protect my child/ward from bullying?

Poor behaviour such as bullying is not tolerated. Students who display inappropriate behaviour or language towards others and cannot follow staff instruction are typically disciplined with removal from activities and free time. If this behaviour continues the offending participant will be removed from the Summer Program and sent home. Please encourage your child/ward to speak to a staff member immediately if they are experiencing any bullying issues.

Unauthorised departure

For safety reasons, if a participant is unaccountable for roll call, does not attend any activity/event or is found to have left the University of Sydney campus without prior consent from the Summer Program Event Manager as well as you/your nominated contact, we will notify the Police, Family and Community Services and contact you/your nominated contact person.

Visitors: Family and Friends

If you wish for your child to receive visitors during the Summer Program including family or friends you need to contact the Summer Program Event Manager for consent to ensure timing is suitable with other activities. Visitors will need to show photographic ID on arrival and will be asked to sign out before students will be released into visitors care and sign in on their return. The same applies for pickups/departures.


There is no cost for the schools or families of students who participate in the Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program. The University of Sydney will pay for travel, meals, accommodation and all other expenses associated with the program. However, if students would like some spending money for their time on campus, they will need to bring this personally.

Accidents or emergencies

In an emergency, the Summer Program Event Manager can be contact on 0448 419 140.

Parents/Guardians will be contacted if medical conditions or other serious issues arise.

Contact Details

Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program Event Manager
Social Inclusion Unit
Baxter’s Lodge F02 |The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006
T + 61 2 8627 8528| F +61 2 8627 8518 | E

You are welcome to talk to the Summer Program Event Manager – 0448 419 140 about your child/ward’s well-being or get in touch with your child by mail, email or fax while they are attending the Summer Program. Please make sure you indicate your child’s name clearly on any communication.

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