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Chris Sarra on Indigenous Education

Dr Chris Sarra is one of the most outspoken and recognised educators in Australia today. He’s experienced many of the issues faced by indigenous students throughout their schooling first-hand – including a crippling lack of belief in their ability to succeed. He has set out to change the toxic tide of low expectations of Indigenous children in schools throughout Australia.

As outlined in his memoir Good Morning, Mr Sarra, Chris established the Stronger Smarter Institute in 2009, which strives to share its nationally acclaimed ‘strong and smart’ philosophy with other school and community leaders throughout Australia.

Chris espouses a strong and positive sense of what it means to be Aboriginal in today’s Australian society and proves that indigenous students can achieve outcomes comparable to other students. His unwavering optimism and his unfaltering passion and enthusiasm for indigenous education, overcoming negative perceptions of indigenous students, and the need for high expectations in schools, is undeniable and contagious.


Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.


Portrait of Chris Sarra

Chris Sarra

Born in Queensland’s Bundaberg in 1967 as the youngest of ten children to an Italian father and an Aboriginal mother, Dr Chris Sarra is now the head of the Stronger Smarter Institute. He was formerly the principal of Cherbourg State School.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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