Aboriginal student support
The three focus areas for Aboriginal Education at Wadalba Community School are Teaching and Learning, Parents and School Partnerships and Cultural Celebrations.
Jane Harris, Head Teacher Welfare, leads the Teaching and Learning team with the main focus being Personalised Learning Plans (PLP's) for all Aboriginal students and the co-ordination of in-class tuition.
During 2009, Elizabeth Keys was chair of the Parent Schools Partnership committee, with Roxanne Cameron, Primary Assistant Principal, coordinating Cultural Celebration Days.
The Teaching and Learning team, along with our newly appointed Aboriginal Student School Learning Support Officer, Renee Buonaventura, ensures that each Aboriginal student in Kindergarten to Year 12 has a Personalised Learning Plan. These learning plans aid teachers in their planning, programming and assessment of students to better equip them to reach their academic, social and cultural goals.
Wadalba Community School works toward building a sense of community amongst local schools. Our most successful Aboriginal celebration is our NAIDOC Day celebration which involves a full day of cultural activities. In 2009, these activities include: traditional games, a ‘Sorry Day' and reconciliation talk, dreaming stories, and a didgeridoo performance. Students are provided with bush tucker catering for morning tea and lunch. There were approximately 230 students and community members involved in the celebration which included all indigenous students from five of the local primary schools (including Wadalba) with each bringing one non-indigenous friend and all indigenous students from Wadalba's secondary school.
In 2010, staff at Wadalba will continue to promote the collaborative development of innovative programs, with input from teachers, families and the community, to develop and support the learning and cultural needs of our Aboriginal students.
In 2010, our NAIDOC Day celebrations will be held on 17 June 2010. The day will include performances; guest speakers; indigenous activities and bush tucker. Students will focus on indigenous culture during the week prior to the celebration with students being given the opportunity to exhibit their works on NAIDOC Day.
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.