Albion Park High School

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Aboriginal Education

Indigenous programs at Albion Park High School -

Our Indigenous Programs are foremost about positive educational outcomes. We are committed to supporting students throughout their High School experience to be fully engaged in learning so that they can achieve their best and become a successful Indigenous Australian.

We work hard to make sure that students have all the help they need to overcome every barrier they may face and finish school with pride in their achievements.

We also know that it’s important for students to connect with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait heritage and APHS provides plenty of opportunities for students to do so. We want students to be proud of being Indigenous and grow in as much knowledge and confidence as they can, so APHS  organises cultural programs and excursions to help foster this.

Norta Norta Tutoring - All Year Groups Weekly tutoring (we call Norta Norta) is a large part of what we offer all Indigenous  students. Teachers work together to tutor all Aboriginal students in the school; Matt with Years 7-10 and Nadia with Years 11 and 12. Within the first couple of weeks of starting school, Year 7’s are placed into learning hubs of two or three and are tutored for an hour per week. During tutoring we focus mostly on Maths, where we revise Maths class work and study for upcoming tests. To have some fun while learning Maths, we use an online quiz website called Kahoot! Finally, we assist with assessment tasks and help students plan and start working on them so that they can be completed at home. Tutoring is also a place where we can identify educational hurdles that students face such as poor attendance, struggling with class content, social influences, etc and offer support in confronting these hurdles. We may work individually with students to help overcome these educational barriers and so ensure that students have a positive school experience.

AIME – For all year groups A I M E (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) is a dynamic program that runs at Universities across the country. AIME exists to support young Indigenous students to complete school and becoming successful in whatever they choose to do when they finish. Students attend AIME sessions at Wollongong Uni, which predominately targets Year 9 and 10 students, but they do run sessions that include all year groups.  As well as this, they send a tutoring squad into our school during terms 2 and 3 to work with Year 8 students.

Women’s Health – targets Years 7-10 girls.  APHS partners with Denika Thomas, an Indigenous Social Worker from the Illawarra Woman’s Health Centre. She runs a program at our school called SistaSpeak. The program focuses on health and cultural activities for Indigenous young woman, while engaging in art/design and technology projects. As well as SistaSpeak, students  also attend Woman’s Health Events to reinforce how to look after their health and stay safe, as well as positive self-esteem activities.

Koori Men’s Support Group – targets Years 8-10 boys.  The Koori Men’s Support Group run a program for Indigenous boys on a Friday focusing on cultural connection and at times, they partner with other organisations to attend local events. Students who attend can participate in a range of projects including art and woodwork. We commit to sending students once per month.

Cultural Excursions – targets all year groups.  In May our Year 7 students are invited to attend the Shellharbour Reconciliation Flag Walk. This is an event where schools come together to acknowledge and celebrate reconciliation. In the lead up to NAIDOC week, one of the local high schools co-ordinate the NAIDOC Touch Football Competition. Since we have amazing sporting talent in our school, we have entered a team the last several years. One of the highlights of the year is our Year 7 and 8 Cultural Excursion in Term 4. In previous years we have been to Killalea State Park, Bomaderry Creek or Fitzroy Falls to take part in cultural tours run by National Parks and Wildlife Rangers. During this excursion students are encouraged to bring a friend and everyone always comes away with a deeper knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture.

Lake Illawarra Commander’s Active Citizens – targets Year 10 students. The Commander’s Active Citizen Program is targeted at year 10 students and aims to encourage positive interaction between Police and Indigenous Youth. Participants are nominated by the school and take part in numerous community forums, culminating in a 3-day Leadership hike to Mount Kosciusko.