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 and contemporary issues and spirituality and promote high expectations of Aboriginal students through quality teaching and learning opportunities.
St James’ is committed to the creation of a school community characterised by acceptance, security, justice, happiness and an environment of growth. In order to provide a supportive learning environment for Aboriginal students, it is important to identify the factors that affect learning and self-esteem and develop strategies to address the specific needs of these students in our school.
Educational achievements of Aboriginal students at St James’ are promoted by the employment of an Aboriginal Education Teacher to:
- Embed an Aboriginal perspective in all aspects of curriculum
- Ensure we identify, name and acknowledge the traditional custodians of our land
- Provide safe and supportive learning environments which enhance the self-esteem and cultural identity of Aboriginal students
- Provide curriculum, teaching and assessment programs which are challenging, have high expectations and are culturally appropriate
- Provide all Australian students with an understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional and contemporary cultures
- Provide intensive literacy and numeracy support for Aboriginal students where needed
- Support staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal students
- Develop Individual Plans and Personalised Learning Plans for Aboriginal students
- Strengthen relationships with Aboriginal families and the wider community and look for opportunities for reconciliation and acknowledgement
- Develop cultural competencies and awareness of staff