Catholic Education South Australia

Indigenous Education

Indigenous Education

Introduction.

St Joseph’s has 3.8% of its enrolments who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We actively encourage and support these students to develop their academic potential and grow in their cultural understanding and knowledge.

St Joseph’s performs an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ at its’ weekly line ups, assemblies and other important events such as Sports’ Day, Swimming Carnival, school concert etc.

St Joseph’s teaching and support staff consistently pursue opportunities for training and development in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and understanding.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Focus Teacher

St Joseph’s supports an active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Focus teacher, currently it is Tim Packer.

This role includes:

  1. Engagement with Indigenous families in our community
  2. Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students develop their social, emotional, spiritual, cultural and educational potential
  3. Supporting staff with their understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and current perspectives and issues.
  4. Attend training and professional development
  5. Support, encourage and attend cultural opportunities with students

Individual Learning Plans

Every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student at St Joseph’s has an Individual Learning Plan developed to assist their development as a learner. These plans help to understand student, family and school goals and aspirations for all students. They enable all to express their interests, challenges and dreams and allows the school to listen and respond accordingly.

St Joseph’s is actively involved in developing a Reconciliation Action Plan or RAP. This plan allows the school to demonstrate to the wider community what Reconciliation means to our school. The RAP also highlights areas of reconciliation the school is actively developing and more importantly areas for us to improve upon.

 

Reconciliation Action Plan

Our vision for reconciliation was developed by staff and parents and is outlined below.

Reconciliation is embedded and reflected in all aspects of our teaching and learning and wider roles our schools supports. We recognise active reconciliation strengthens all relationships and promotes positive understanding, acceptance and equality in our school and wider community.

We will celebrate and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, being mindful of their contributions to our lives, past present and future.

Our choice is to walk with and work together towards Reconciliation with open minds and hearts of love for all. Reconciliation is about walking together, even if our paths have been different.

Our role is to connect our students, our wider community and ourselves with the history and culture of Indigenous communities. Actively pursuing this will enable us all to continue to build students with an increasing understanding and knowledge of Indigenous perspectives in our modern Australia.

This RAP encourages and supports our school and its wider community to work towards an agreed set of goals as set down by Narragunnawali. This not for profit organisations is assisting all educational sites and work places across Australia to develop practises and procedures that enable a deeper understanding and knowledge of Indigenous culture to occur.

Indigenous Celebrations at St Joseph’s

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are invited to attend various events organised by Catholic Education throughout the year. These celebrations encompass recognising the importance of education at a gala evening in August, plus there is an opportunity to learn about culture and language at the ‘Children’s Celebration’ in November.

St Joseph’s, Clare supports and acknowledges many special dates and occasions related to Indigenous history and reconciliation through the year. We choose to develop our students’ understanding throughout our curriculum, especially in The Arts, History and Geography.

All classes actively celebrate National Reconciliation week in late May to early June, NAIDOC week in July and Indigenous Literacy Day in September.