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Winmalee High School

Winmalee High School

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Aboriginal student support

Winmalee High School has approximately 39 Aboriginal students. We are committed to ensuring that all of our Aboriginal students are engaged in and benefit from their school experience. We encourage all students to be aware of and celebrate their identity and culture.

In addition all students are provided leadership opportunities at school and in the school community. For this reason the group is referred to as the Aboriginal Leadership Group, led by teachers who have a strong understanding of the students' cultural backgrounds, learning needs and aspirations. The students have their own Home group where roll marking occurs each day along with the discussion of important and relevant issues.

Our teachers share a commitment to learn about, nurture and value the cultural identity of Aboriginal students in order to improve the knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal cultures for themselves and all students in the school. One of our staff, Kristie Robson, is a voting member on the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, ‘Ngarra Wingarru’ which translates as ‘To Listen To Learn’. Kristie Wood is the current Aboriginal Student Group Coordinator.

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To assist successful learning, our school is committed to working with Aboriginal parents, local Elders and community members in maintaining high attendance levels; developing a Personalised Learning Pathway (PLP) and providing relevant cultural programs for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Our Aboriginal student attendance rates are close to equivalent to the non-indigenous student rates. Every Aboriginal student has a PLP which is reviewed twice a year and each student selects a teacher mentor to assist them to achieve their goals. Aboriginal students are provided with quality opportunities to participate in cultural awareness activities, tuition programs, photography, art and traditional dance workshops, camps and other unique leadership programs.

The majority of our Aboriginal students meet or exceed the basic national minimum literacy and numeracy standards. The small number of students who do not currently achieve these levels are supported to improve by participating in reading programs and receiving intensive tutoring in literacy and numeracy from experienced teachers. All senior students are offered the opportunity to undertake up to three hours per week of additional tuition making use of specific Aboriginal RAM Funding.

Aboriginal students at WHS have a successful record of transitioning from school to work and further study. The majority of students have completed the HSC, while others have achieved success by combining academic studies with a variety of vocational and work readiness programs to prepare them for entry to the workforce. Students who leave school early have usually chosen a work pathway and leave to an apprenticeship or TAFE.