Year 7 & 8  -  A Collaborative Learning Community

The Gilap Wanga - Ngula wangingi mraata ba wanginyi - Learning Community celebrates diversity and enterprise. Gilap Wanga means ‘deep listening’ and this naming of the new learning area is a sign of respect to the traditional custodians of the land, the Boandik People of the South East region.



Year 7 and 8 students at Tenison Woods College learn in an environment known as the Gilap Wanga - Ngula wangingi mraata ba wanginyi - Learning Community. This precinct was opened in 2020, exclusively for students in Year 7 and 8 – as well as our Poplars Inclusive Education Centre. It’s the perfect environment for students transitioning from primary to secondary school.

Gilap Wanga is a space that will foster learning, collaboration and communication. 
We encourage our students to harness their independence by using a contemporary learning structure and we believe that because each student is different, their learning program should be flexible to meet their needs. The Gilap Wanga - Ngula wangingi mraata ba wanginyi - Learning Community offers a completely customised learning program giving our students an edge. Research indicates that young people thrive when living and learning in an environment that optimises both choice and challenge. Our integrated wellbeing model responds to this and provides the conditions that best support positive mental health and overall wellbeing.

The Philosophy of Gilap Wanga 

  • The Gilap Wanga - Ngula wangingi mraata ba wanginyi - Learning Community is different. It’s about your child and their learning pathway. And every child’s learning pathway is different. Every child needs to be challenged differently.
  • You, your child and their teacher will personalise the learning pathway together. There is a curriculum pattern, but it is personalised, to ensure rigour, individual excellence and a well-rounded education so that your adolescent shines now and into the future.
  • The Gilap Wanga Ngula wangingi mraata ba wanginyi - Learning Community celebrates individuality, diversity and connection, enabling our young to thrive as capable leaders for the world God desires.


Nestled at the base of an extinct volcano, the Gilap Wanga Ngula wangingi mraata ba wanginyi - Learning Community is uniquely placed to accentuate the natural environment. We believe learning should not be confined to the classroom.

Classroom Configuration

Rooms have been configured to create an environment that fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Year 7 and 8 Curriculum




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Tenison Woods College respectfully acknowledges the Boandik people are the First Nations people of the Mount Gambier South Eastern region of South Australia and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present and emerging.