Aboriginal Education

At St Aloysius, we respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Wonnarua people, whose living traditions and lasting culture have shaped our local environment.

Our commitment to social justice calls us to recognise, appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity. A curriculum that is truly Australian provides opportunities for all students to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal heritage, culture, contemporary issues and spirituality and promote high expectations of Aboriginal students through quality teaching and learning opportunities.

Our school is committed to the creation of a community characterised by acceptance, security, justice, happiness and an environment of growth. In order to provide a supportive learning environment for Aboriginal students, it is important to identify the factors which impact on learning and self-esteem and develop strategies to address the specific needs of these students in our school.

IMPLEMENTATION

Our Aboriginal Education program at St Aloysius aims to:
  • Provide opportunities for members of the school community to enhance their appreciation and knowledge of Aboriginal Australia and Aboriginal spirituality.
  • Support Indigenous students through their education and assist them in developing their full potential
  • Allow Staff to attend professional development programs to assist in their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal history and contemporary issues.
  • Identify, appreciate and respect Aboriginal families in the community and actively involve them in the education of students and school activities
  • Include an Acknowledgement of Country or Welcome to Country at assemblies each week and other school functions
  • Celebrate special occasions during the year, for example, Reconciliation Week, Sorry Day, Harmony Day, Indigenous Literacy Week and NAIDOC Week
  • Provide intensive literacy and numeracy support for Aboriginal students where needed
  • Encourage and support staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the education and cultural needs of Aboriginal students
  • Develop Individual Plans and Personalised Learning Plans, as needed, for Aboriginal students
  • Work together with the Indigenous children and non-Indigenous children to develop respect and understanding of Aboriginal Australia through learning activities
  • Develop self-esteem and cultural identity through a supportive, safe and enjoyable learning environment
  • Provide a culturally inclusive curriculum that uses current and supportive resources to facilitate meaningful experiences
  • Promote the roles of Aboriginal elders as custodians of the land by including them in significant cultural and spiritual celebrations and events
  • Understand and appreciate aboriginal artifacts, symbols and artwork eg. mural, cross, carved totems etc
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