Our commitment to social justice calls us to recognise, appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity. A curriculum that is truly Australian provides opportunities for all students to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal heritage, cultures, contemporary issues and spirituality, and to promote high expectations of Aboriginal students through quality teaching and learning opportunities.
St Patrick’s is committed to the creation of a school community characterised by acceptance, security and justice. In order to provide a supportive learning environment for Aboriginal students, we place a high priority on identifying the factors that affect their learning and self-esteem, and we develop strategies to address the specific needs of those students.
The educational achievements of Aboriginal students at St Patrick’s are promoted by:
- Embedding Aboriginal perspective into the curriculum
- Identifying and acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which our school stands
- Providing safe and supportive learning environments that enhance the self-esteem and cultural identity of Aboriginal students
- Providing teaching programs that are challenging and culturally appropriate
- Providing all Australian students with an understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional and contemporary cultures
- Providing intensive literacy and numeracy support for Aboriginal students where required
- Supporting the staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal students
- Developing personalised learning plans for Aboriginal students when required
- Strengthening relationships with Aboriginal families and the wider indigenous community.