We are committed to closing the achievement gap for Aboriginal students. We know that we need to learn about, nurture and value the cultural identity of our Aboriginal students in order to assist them to be successful learners.
We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family members, parents and community members to our school so that we can get to know each other, learn about the local Aboriginal community and develop shared goals and plans for Aboriginal students.
Our school is participating in the Investing in Focus Schools initiative through the Empower Aboriginal Learners (pdf 546 KB) project.
Through this project we will develop a teaching and learning plan which includes bidialectal strategies to improve literacy learning for Aboriginal students. This project addresses actions within the following priority domains within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan (ATSIEAP) 2010-2014:
- Engagement and Connections
- Literacy and numeracy
- Leadership, quality teaching and workforce development.
Within this project there is a major focus on professional learning to assist our teachers of Stage 4 to develop their skills in teaching written academic English for Aboriginal students whose main home language is Aboriginal English or another ‘non-standard' English dialect.The teachers involved will also undertake three days local Cultural Immersion in the Connecting to Country Program, facilitated by the NSW AECG.
A Write it Right! Project team has been established consisting of seven people who work with Stage 4. The project team is led by Susan Hoddinott. Classroom teachers in the project will be supported by an Aboriginal community mentor.