First Nations Culture

Unique learning experiences

Bunji Program

The Bunji (meaning brother) program provides an environment for male role models to support, encourage and provide cultural guidance for the jarjums. 

The Bunji program captures traditional protocols and practices to enhance ownership and leadership qualities to the jarjums and the group. The programs enhance cultural, social and emotional, and career orientated skills for the jarjum.

The First Nations peoples spirituality, culture and identity is woven through every fabric of the Bunji program. The program provides high level personal support and development and creates stronger readiness for school, through established Indigenous Education Workers (IEW) and Teacher support. 

Hymba Yumba prides itself on the provision of cultural significance integrated within the whole school makeup.

Tidda Program

One of the leadership programs at Hymba Yumba is Tidda (meaning sister). The Tidda program is designed to inspire and motivate our Year 7 – 12 girls to be resilient, independent leaders and have a strong sense of their identity.

The program focuses on cultural leadership, building self-esteem and self-identity as well as holistic health and well-being.

Hymba Yumba’s Tidda program aims to:

    • Increase the tiddas’ self-esteem and capacity to make ‘deadly choices’ in regards to their health and well-being
    • Improve interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships between our Year 7 -12 tiddas
    • Encourage them to be leaders for younger tiddas here at school, at home and in the community
    • Promote effective relationships with our community partners
    • Create and develop partnerships with inspirational Indigenous women
    • Form positive and lifelong connections in the community

The program works with many different government, non-government and community organisations to ensure the positive community connections are developed and sustained throughout their life journey. These organisations include Deadly Choices – Deadly Sistas program, Kambu Health, Inala Health, Zig Zag Womens Centre, Law right and the Elders of the Greater Ipswich Community.

Indigenous Art

The cultural arts are recognised, explored, and celebrated in Visual Art at Hymba Yumba Independent School. Our Artist-in-Residence program engages First Nations artists to share their knowledges, skills, stories, and practices with our jarjums of all ages on community-based art projects. Past projects completed through our residency program and in consultation with Elders, have included an array of onsite murals, commissions at Springfield Central Station and Mater Hospital Springfield, and the creation of The Indigenous Contemporary and Spiritual Arts Pop-Up Store at Springfield Orion Shopping Centre.

Indigenous Art

The cultural arts are recognised, explored, and celebrated in Visual Art at Hymba Yumba Independent School. Our Artist-in-Residence program engages First Nations artists to share their knowledges, skills, stories, and practices with our jarjums of all ages on community-based art projects. Past projects completed through our residency program and in consultation with Elders, have included an array of onsite murals, commissions at Springfield Central Station and Mater Hospital Springfield, and the creation of The Indigenous Contemporary and Spiritual Arts Pop-Up Store at Springfield Orion Shopping Centre.

Cultural Dance Group

The Hymba Yumba Cultural Dance group aims to immerse jarjums in cultural practises that have been used for thousands of years, as they explore the stories, techniques and protocols surrounding traditional dance.

Jarjums are privileged to sit at the feet of knowledgeable First Nations artists in order to understand their heritage and catch a vision of their exciting future, as they grow in their identity through the cultural arts. Exploring the many different cultural dances of Australia enables the jarjums to gain appreciation and awareness of the large variety of cultural dances practiced throughout Indigenous Australia.

The Cultural dance group provides jarjums with many opportunities to perform to audiences big and small, including school performances, Dance Up, Orion shopping centre pop-up shops and the Ipswich Sparks Festival.

These experiences enable jarjums to grow in confidence and identity and allows jarjums to learn and lead in both worlds. Care is taken to teach jarjums about the cultural significance of the connection with their ancestors, Country and the stories through dance. Jarjums also participate in making aspects of their costume. The aim is to help jarjums gain confidence to represent their families and culture with pride.

Visual Art Program

Arts excellence at Hymba Yumba expands across Visual Art, Dance, Music, Media Arts, Drama and Cultural Arts from Prep to Year 12.

Our jarjums have the opportunity to pursue the Arts as an applied subject, Certification, Arts-based apprenticeships and traineeships, and/or to complete university level study from Year 10 in the Arts. In fact, Hymba Yumba is one of the few schools in the country to offer a Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts.

Our Artist-in-Residence program engages our jarjums of all ages in collaborative and community-based art projects mentored by Indigenous artists. Past projects completed in our residency program have included an array of onsite murals, and commissions at Springfield Central Station and Mater Hospital, Springfield and the creation of The Indigenous Contemporary and Spiritual Arts Pop-Up Store at Springfield Orion Shopping Centre.

Visual Art Program

Arts excellence at Hymba Yumba expands across Visual Art, Dance, Music, Media Arts, Drama and Cultural Arts from Prep to Year 12.

Our jarjums have the opportunity to pursue the Arts as an applied subject, Certification, Arts-based apprenticeships and traineeships, and/or to complete university level study from Year 10 in the Arts. In fact, Hymba Yumba is one of the few schools in the country to offer a Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts.

Our Artist-in-Residence program engages our jarjums of all ages in collaborative and community-based art projects mentored by Indigenous artists. Past projects completed in our residency program have included an array of onsite murals, and commissions at Springfield Central Station and Mater Hospital, Springfield and the creation of The Indigenous Contemporary and Spiritual Arts Pop-Up Store at Springfield Orion Shopping Centre.