Ḏawurr (Honey Bee) is the boarding school attached to Nhulunbuy High School. It was developed to provide Indigenous students from across the Northern Territory, equality of access to secondary schooling; in a culturally supportive environment. It was named and formally opened in 2017 by the Rirratjingu clan group, whose land Ḏawurr is built on.

 At Ḏawurr we have strong foundations, close links with communities in Arnhem Land and ever-evolving sincere relationships with families across the homelands we serve. Currently catering for 20 girls and 20 boys; our student population come from remote and very remote communities across the Northern Territory. We are unique in our diversity and currently welcome students from Yirrkala, Gunyungarra, Dhalinybuy, Garrthalala, Bulman, Corella Creek, Maningrida, Baniyala, Birany Birany, Galiwin’ku, Wurruwi, Croker Island and Belyuen.  

 In their home away from home, our students are able to focus and thrive in their studies whilst being supported by a team of dedicated house parents, teachers and support staff.  The learning pathways options at Nhulunbuy High School are many and varied and boarding provides a gateway for our students to shine. It is a place students love to be and we are exceptionally proud of the commitment and enthusiasm of the students here at Ḏawurr.

 Making the decision to send your child to Boarding is a huge decision, the students miss their families and their homes and make lots of sacrifices to study away. Ḏawurr would like to thank all our families and communities who trust us with their children. We know their futures are strong!


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