Pathways and engagement

Pathways and engagement

School programs and camps

Walanga Muru partners with high schools and community to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students receive the preparation they need to succeed at school, develop their cultural identity, and have the resilience to overcome life’s challenges and emerge as one of tomorrow's leaders.  Opportunities for partnerships with high schools include the In-School Engagement Program, Rising Stars Leadership camp, Camp Aspire, the Critical Thinking Unit as well as one-off presentations and campus visits.

In-School Engagement Program - years 7 to 10

This is an innovative program facilitated by Walanga Muru – Macquarie University. The program aims to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in year 7 to 10 to develop their cultural understanding and knowledge, aspire for tertiary education and to be proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young leaders.

The program aims to build and foster relationships with students assisting them to recognise their potential from when they start high school through to when they graduate. The pillars this program is bound upon allows students to partake in lessons and activities that incorporate leadership skills and cultural learning that will inspire students to pursue tertiary education.

When will the program be implemented?
Each year, 6 sessions will be held throughout the duration of the year. Dates will be discussed and decided upon around your school’s calendar, exam dates etc.

Unpacking the program
The school has the capacity to elect the six face to face sessions that will be implemented throughout the year. Two sessions are to be chosen from each of the three pillars.

For further information please contact Taylah Pearce - or 9850 8631.

The Rising Stars Leadership Camp - year 10

An opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to immerse themselves in University life, consider career options, and develop their leadership skills.

Walanga Muru hosts an annual three-day leadership camp for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander year 10 students. Students experience activities that develop their leadership skills, cultural knowledge and future aspirations.

The camp is in September and applications wil open in June 2020.

For further information please contact Taylah Pearce - or 9850 8631.

Camp Aspire - years 11 &12

This is an all-inclusive 3 day residential camp for senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students held in January. Students get to explore their tertiary options at Macquarie University. Students will experience activities that allow a taste of what their dream degree would involve, meet external organisation representatives and get involved in Cultural activities.

This camp will enable students to experience an area of our university that they choose based on their interests. By attending this camp students will gain the knowledge and experiences that will allow them to make a decision on what their tertiary study options are once they finish high school.

For more information get in touch today - applications open in October 2020 for 2021 camp.

Contact Taylah Pearce - or 9850 8631.

Critical Thinking Unit - year 11

Our Critical Thinking Unit provides year 11 students the opportunity to start their degree at Macquarie University while still at high school. The unit PHL137 covers the fundamentals of critical thinking and reasoning. All learning is completed online with optional on campus sessions. If the student successfully completes this unit, they will potentially receive an early offer to study at Macquarie University once they finish their HSC.

Walanga Muru will provide each student tutoring, mentoring and individualised support.

Study starts from February to June.

For further information please contact Taylah Pearce - or 9850 8631.

One-off presentations and campus tours- years 10 to 12

Campus Tours

Our campus tours provide a tailored opportunity for students in years 10 to 12 to visit the Macquarie University Campus at North Ryde. The students enjoy a day of engaging activities aimed at raising aspirations and demystifying the university experience. Students will gain knowledge about our engagement services, scholarship, entry pathway and accommodation options etc.

One-off presentations

Our Pathways team are available to come out to your school and perform a presentation to your senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students covering information regarding degree options, scholarships, entry pathways, accommodation options etc.

For further information or to lock in a date, please contact Taylah Pearce - or 9850 8631.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Pathway (ATSIEP)

What is it?

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Pathway (ATSIEP) is run by Walanga Muru - Macquarie University. This admissions pathway provides opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to study undergraduate level courses at Macquarie University and determines readiness for study or providing advice on alternative methods of entry if required.

What is involved?

The selection process consists of two stages, a written application and an interview.

1. Written Application

Applicants are required to complete a written application that includes

  • Confirmation of Aboriginality - Common Seal / Confirmation OR
  • A direct family member's Common Seal / Confirmation (such as mother or grandfather) with the corresponding birth certificates OR
  • Letter of support from an appropriate community representative e.g.; Aboriginal organisation representative, AEO from your high school, School Principal, AECG member, etc. (The letter should state how long the representative has known the applicant/how long they have been enrolled at the school/organisation, what Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander activities they have been involved in, how long they have identified for etc.).

For futher information please email or call 9850 8624.

2. Interview

  • All applicants are to attend an interview to determine readiness to undertake university studies
  • The interview will further explore educational background, work experience, communication skills, aspirations and self-motivation.

How do I apply?

To apply for this admissions pathway please complete the application online.

Contact Tayla King for more information.

Tayla King
Indigenous Outreach Support Assistant
P: (02) 9850 8631

Content owner: Walangamuru Last updated: 25 Jun 2020 10:01am

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