Aboriginal Support Program
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College is a multicultural community. Situated on Mparntwe land, the OLSH Aboriginal Community is an important aspect of the whole College Community. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are an important part of the whole College Community and students are encouraged and supported to take part in all aspects of the mainstream life of the College. Aboriginal culture is celebrated in special occasions like Harmony Day, NAIDOC and National Sorry Day. Culture is also celebrated with guest speakers and personal experiences with students and their families. The College also welcomes involvement from Aboriginal families.
The Aboriginal Support Program provides links between students and their families with teachers and other College staff. The program is staffed by Aboriginal and non-aboriginal personnel. An Aboriginal Education Worker (AEW) provides an important liaison between students, their families and the staff at the College. Some students may also benefit from additional in-class support. In the program staff not only assist students with their academic studies, but can at times provide health and well-being liaison to benefit the student as a whole. OLSH Catholic College has a long history of Aboriginal students who complete Year 12 then moving onto University, further training through TAFE and/or the full-time work. Staff provide opportunities for organizations to visit students so that they can be aware of their options post school, including career opportunities, traineeships, apprenticeships and university.
The Little Children’s Learning Place is an engagement program catering for up to 20 Aboriginal 3-5 year olds. The program runs to prepare the children for formal school life by introducing students to very basic literacy and numeracy, healthy lifestyle, socialization in a school environment, skill development and appropriate classroom behavior. Family involvement is encouraged.
OLSH College has also partnered with the Federal and Territory Governments and the Catholic Education Office to Close the Gap in Aborignial Education through the Invest in Schools Project. This Project involves working with every Aboriginal student from Transition to Year 10 to create a Personalised Learning Plan for each student. Information will be gathered from each student, their families and the staff working with these students. The areas of focus of this funding centre around Literacy and Numeracy, Attendance and Engagement and Connections and aims to assist students reach their academic and personal potential.