content-left-bg.png
content-right-bg.png

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture

WebPartZone1_1
PublishingPageContent

​Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes and Closing the Performance Gap is a major focus for state schools.  High levels of cultural capability of staff in schools builds an environment which creates a holistic response to Indigenous student and family needs, supporting health, wellbeing and academic outcomes.  The Building Cultural Capability in State Schools initiative is part of the department's commitment to providing inclusive schools for safe and supportive environments in which all students, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, can experience academic success and positive learning experiences.

Cultural capability improvement begins with educators' analysis and discussion of Closing the Performance Gap data.  Culturally responsive schools commit to knowing and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and create opportunities to engage with parents, families and the community to embed a defensible explicit improvement agenda for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes.

Finding our Heart

 I have discovered this wonderful children’s book – Finding Our Heart – A story about the Uluru Statement for young Australians. Written by Thomas Mayor, a Torres Strait Island man born on Larrilia country in Darwin and illustrated by Blak Douglas, an Aboriginal man whose father is from the Dhungutti people of the Mid North Coast of NSW, Finding Our Heart is a beautifully simple text. It is informative, honest and gives hopes for the future.
What is the Uluru Statement?  The Uluru Statement represents an historic consensus of Indigenous Australian leaders seeking constitutional change to recognise First Australians through a Voice to Parliament. Australia is the only country in the world yet to formally recognise its Indigenous people in the form of a treaty or constitutional recognition. 
I strongly encourage each of you to go to this website and read more about the Statement; its history, its meaning and its significance – not only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples but also for all Australians.
Tanya McGaughey.

WebPartZone1_2
WebPartZone2_1
WebPartZone2_2
WebPartZone2_3
WebPartZone3_1
WebPartZone3_2
WebPartZone3_3
WebPartZone3_4
WebPartZone4_1
WebPartZone5_1
WebPartZone5_2
WebPartZone6_1
WebPartZone6_2
WebPartZone7_1
WebPartZone7_2
WebPartZone8_1
WebPartZone8_2
WebPartZone9_1
Last reviewed 10 November 2020
Last updated 10 November 2020