Supporting students whom identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Findon has a small community of Aboriginal students and a team who provide culturally sensitive and expert support.

Working towards ‘Closing The Gap’ (COAG) and enacting the Reconciliation Action Plan (DECD)

Findon recognises the plans put forth by Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008, which was to:

  • halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for [indigenous] children by 2018; and
  • halve the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 (or equivalent) attainment rates by 2020.

Source: https://www.coag.gov.au/closing_the_gap_in_indigenous_disadvantage

Findon High School staff are dedicated to closing the gap our Aboriginal students have inherited by actively monitoring the critical data of our students. We use this, with the hours allocated by the DECD for an ACEO, to gain a critical insight into the students’ needs and formulate learning plans and support methods that enable them to engage meaningfully in their education at Findon High School.

Findon also recognises the Department for Education and Child Developments Vision for Reconciliation, which includes:

  • recognise our shared past, foster understanding and work together for a shared future in which all people are treated with respect and dignity
  • implement culturally appropriate strategies for Aboriginal learners to achieve equitable learning outcomes through literacy, numeracy and learning technologies
  • incorporate Aboriginal perspectives throughout the curriculum

Source: www.decd.sa.gov.au/docs/documents/1/ReconciliationActionPlan.pdf

Findon High School embeds Aboriginal perspectives throughout every curriculum area, in recognition of the importance of the Aboriginal histories and in alignment with the Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priority.

 

Building student capacity through engagement with the broader community

Students identifying as Aboriginal have numerous opportunities to engage with the Aboriginal community that spans the city, the state and the nation. Students have unique opportunities to attend events, such as:

  • South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (hosted by LeFevre High School)
  • Dream Believe Succeed -  SACE Aboriginal Student Pathways Conference (SACE)
  • Marni Wingku (University of Adelaide)

Findon High School has a rich history of celebrating multiculturalism, including the history and traditions of Aboriginal Australia. We hope to continue this by celebrating the Aboriginal connection to country, their history and their language by celebrating:

  • NAIDOC Week
  • National Reconciliation Week
  • Sorry Day
  • National ‘Close The Gap’ day