WILTJA - 2021 AND BEYOND...
Some big changes are coming!
In 1980, the first Wiltja students attended Ingle Farm High School.
In 1990, the school program moved to Woodville High School.
During this time, Wiltja students lived at different Aboriginal hostels around Adelaide, until the ‘Wiltja Hostel’ or ‘Wiltja Residence’ (now Wiltja Boarding) was opened in 1997.
In 2010, the first Wiltja students started Windsor Gardens Vocational College, which is now Avenues College. Since then, nearly half of all Wiltja graduates have finished their schooling at Avenues College.
From 2021, all students boarding at Wiltja will attend Avenues College. This means that more that 30 years of history at Woodville High School will be coming to an end.
PYEC wants students at Wiltja to have access to the best educational opportunities possible. Avenues College has always been supportive and inclusive of Anangu students, and Aboriginal students from different communities. A place where students have been able to form good friendships and be included in all parts of the college community.
This is why PYEC has supported the move to Avenues College and believes that this will provide better opportunities for the students living at Wiltja Boarding.
Students will be enrolled in Avenues College, and Avenues will be responsible for meeting the needs of the students. There will not a separate ‘Wiltja school’ team, but there will be extra leadership, teaching, and support staff positions within Avenues College to support the academic, social, wellbeing and cultural needs of students. Wiltja Boarding will continue to provide out-of-hours care and educational programs.
We look forward to building on this partnership for a strong and successful future.