Wambana is a purpose built facility to educate adolescent boys for an extended period of time. The primary purpose of Wambana is to foster growth by helping adolescent boys better manage the transition to adulthood through immersion in community, academic, spiritual and outdoor adventures.
Wambana is situated on six acres of coast line bordered by the township of Point Turton and rural farming land, on the Southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. Students and staff live in a small village in which residential accommodation and a classroom are clustered around a central meeting facility. The property consists of six accommodation buildings known as ‘Wardli’s’ (aboriginal word meaning ‘dwelling’). Two Wardli’s are dedicated for staff accommodation while four Wardli’s are allocated to students. Currently, Wambana accommodates up to 28 students for a unique five week experience.
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Students are given a budget, are responsible for food shopping, all meal preparations and cooking and are accountable for their water, power and food waste management.
In addition to the domestic responsibilities of the program, students participate and lead a curriculum that is grounded in direct experience. This approach to learning is a process based on action and reflection. Experiences are intentionally designed, presented and reflected upon to instil core human values. The curriculum is built around the community and is intended to immerse adolescent boys in the day-to-day functioning of rural South Australia.
About 100 Year 9 boys attend Wambana every year. The students lead, volunteer, mentor and support various community programs and initiatives under the motto of ‘others before self’. Community and environment groups such as Yorke Peninsula Leisure Options, Southern Yorke Peninsula Landcare Group, Hardwicke Bay Progress Association, Warooka Community Garden and the Department for Environment and Heritage benefit enormously from student input. Since 2008, Prince Alfred College students and staff have contributed to over 15,000 hours of volunteer service to a variety of community and environmental groups on the Southern Yorke Peninsula.
For further information please contact Dale Hobbs, Director of Wambana on m: 0408 710 400 or via email.
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