In 2010 Indigenous Studies became a part of our school curriculum. The goals of the program were to maintain cultural identity, to increase well-being and attendance of all students at school, to foster positive attitudes towards education and encourage parents and family members to be engaged in school.
Every class is involved in the program with a male and a female co-coordinator being employed to act as mentors working with the class teacher and students for a three week block. The focus of study is determined in a planning session with the class teacher, the cultural coordinators and the principal. Today all units of work are linked with the subjects of Science or History from the Australian Curriculum and the learning experiences are often taken out into the field where first hand learning takes place to engage students. The wonderful experiences provided in the cultural program allow the students to engage with their heritage whilst giving students opportunities to explore scientifically.
At the completion of each unit parents are invited to attend a parents’ day to witness their children’s learning in a video presentation and are offered a CD to take home of all activities completed during the three weeks. It is obvious that the students become active listeners during this time, show respect to adults and each other, engage in their learning and of course have a lot of fun. Parents, teachers and students see the program as worthwhile.