Our Indigenous Journey
Located on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, IGS has a long and proud tradition of educating young Indigenous Australians.
The School's commitment to Indigenous students' education was formalised through a unique scholarship program in 2001 and includes activities that reflect Indigenous identity, history and culture.
The Indigenous Journey at IGS has led to today’s team of 19 young people on scholarship.
Indigenous Scholarship Program
Each year, IGS provides scholarships for Indigenous young people and the School intends to carry this important program well into the future.
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Koori Club runs twice each term and allows our Indigenous students to keep connected.
Read the latest news for our Indigenous engagement programs and see updates on our students' achievements.
"Koori Club is the most important way for the Indigenous students at IGS to keep connected with each other. As I am learning in my Aboriginal studies, connectedness is the basis for keeping Aboriginal culture alive." — TJ, IGS's first Indigenous Scholarship graduate
IGS appreciates the support of our Ambassadors for the School’s Indigenous Scholarship Program.
Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Sydney, and served as the first female Governor of New South Wales from 2001 to 2014. At the time of her appointment she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern and Kempsey. She became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 and a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2006. In June 2014, she was named a Dame of the Order of Australia (AD) for her extraordinary achievement and merit in service.
Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman. She is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her published works include Indigenous Australia for Dummies and several novels and books on Indigenous issues. She was named as 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year and 2011 New South Wales Australian of the Year. Her involvement in the arts includes filmmaking and Chair at Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Richard Glover is the author of twelve books, including George Clooney's Haircut—and Other Cries for Help, a collection of his comic pieces featured on ABC Radio's Thank God It's Friday. His weekly humour column has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald for over twenty years, and he also presents the top-rating Drive show on ABC Radio Sydney. Both his sons attended IGS.
Warren Mundine is a Bundjalung man. His roles include Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Managing Director of NyunggaBlack. He was the former CEO of GenerationONE and NTSCORP Ltd, and National President of the Australian Labor Party. He was awarded the 2005 Bennelong Medal for Leadership in Indigenous Affairs. He is passionate about football and is an advocate for empowering Indigenous Australia to build an sustainable Indigenous economy.
Kim Williams AM has a long involvement in the arts and entertainment industry in Australia and overseas. His various positions include Chief Executive at each of News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia, and as a senior executive at the ABC. He was Chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust 2005–2013, and was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia in June 2006. Mr Williams continues to apply his extensive experience in professional advisory and teaching assignments. He has been an Ambassador for the Indigenous Scholarship Program since 2010.
Special events and visitors
IGS regularly welcomes Indigenous visitors to the School, and runs Indigenous Connections events in support of the Indigenous Scholarship Fund. The IGS community collaborates with and receives visitors from Bangarra Dance Theatre, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, Tali Gallery, Gadigal Radio and several Aboriginal performing artists and storytellers.
NGARA Our Indigenous Journey at IGS