Closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous educational outcomes starts at the school level. Enhancing the understanding, appreciation and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in schools is a big step towards ending indigenous educational disadvantage. There are many ways for schools to strengthen their connection, some of which are listed below.
Flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at the front of your school.
Actively seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff at all levels.
Encouraging a dedicated member of your College’s Administration team to actively support your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, parents, staff and wider community.
In consultation with your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community developing a sacred space or mural
Developing an annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural experience or camp for one whole year level.
Developing an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander school dance troupe.
Having an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family Graduation night with certificates to celebrate the completion of each significant stage in formal education. One P-12 school had a local Aboriginal artist design certificates featuring different significant local animals for Early Years, Junior Years, Middle Years and Senior Years.
Please feel free to contact us with any other ideas.