Community

Aboriginal Program

Led by an Aboriginal Education Coordinator/Teacher and an Assistant, the Trinity College Aboriginal Program provides an essential pillar of support for Aboriginal students.


Over 40 Aboriginal students are enrolled at Trinity, some of these students are awarded AIEF / BHP scholarships and MADALAH (Making a Difference and Looking Ahead) scholarships. MADALAH Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that offers secondary and tertiary education scholarships for Indigenous students, primarily from remote and regional communities, to WA’s leading boarding schools and Australian universities. MADALAH secondary scholarships provide support to students from Year 7-12. These scholarships are administered by MADALAH on behalf of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. We are a partner school with MADALAH and therefore enrolled students may be eligible. For more information please visit their website – www.madalah.com.au

Students are also supported by programs with Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). Click here to find out more. 

Students attend homework classes on Monday and Tuesday afternoons where they are tutored by teachers at Trinity College. This is very effective both for students and teachers, building a rapport between them. It also has a powerful impact on learning while greatly assisting students with individual support to complete homework and assignments. 

The students are supported and guided in every aspect of the College, some student’s complete traineeships whilst at Trinity and all students graduate with a WACE certificate.

Aboriginal students also have the opportunity to participate in groups that celebrate their culture and heritage. There are two Aboriginal music groups at Trinity; The Didge Boys is a group specialising in playing the didgeridoo and Cajon drum, and Diversity is a group made up of four students who write and perform their own music. Both groups are in high demand to participate at internal and external events. 

Trinity College Aboriginal Dance Group

Also in demand are our Aboriginal students who perform in the Trinity College Aboriginal Dance Group. With original choreography created and performed by students, this dance troupe creates outstanding productions fusing Aboriginal culture with contemporary dance.

Performing in this dance troupe provides another forum for the boys to express themselves, sharing their creativity and sense of culture with each other and the wider school community.

The Trinity College Aboriginal Dance Group often work in collaboration with The Didge Boys (see above). Students are encouraged to write original music for performances and the group is in high demand to participate at internal and external events.

In 2012 the Karrik Bursary for Aboriginal Students was established by the Trinity College Foundation. If you would like more information about this Bursary please contact the Bursar, Mr Michael Burgess on 9223 8126.  

The Trinity College Aboriginal Dance Group and The Didge Boys perform each year at our NAIDOC Assembly, which is one of the highlights of the Trinity calendar.