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.
Holy Family 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 impact on learning and self-esteem and develop strategies to address the specific needs of these students in our school.
ABORIGINAL EDUCATION OFFICER
Holy Family employs an Aboriginal Education Officer whose responsibility it is to ensure that Aboriginal perspectives are embedded within our school environment and practices.
Educational achievements of all students at Holy Family Primary School, Merewether Beach, are promoted by:
- embedding the Aboriginal perspective in all aspects of curriculum
- ensuring we identify, name and acknowledge the traditional custodians of our land
- providing safe and supportive learning environments that enhance the self-esteem and cultural identity of Aboriginal students
- providing curriculum, teaching and assessment programs that are challenging, have high expectations and are 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 when needed
- supporting staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal students
- developing Individual Plans and Personalised Learning Plans for Aboriginal students
- strengthening relationships with Aboriginal families and the wider community and look for opportunities for reconciliation and acknowledgement.