Aboriginal Education

St John Vianney recognises the traditional inhabitants of the land on which our school is built, the Awabakal people.

At St John Vianney we provide opportunities for members of the school community to enhance their appreciation and knowledge of Aboriginal Australia and Aboriginal spirituality. We support indigenous students through their education and assist them in developing their full potential. We strive to identify, appreciate and respect Aboriginal families in the community and actively involve them in the education of students and school activities. NAIDOC activities are held on an annual basis and the school involves itself with the local community in supporting Aboriginal education.

The educational achievements of Aboriginal students at St John Vianney are promoted and supported by the appointment of an Aboriginal Education teacher:

  • Embedding Aboriginal perspective into the curriculum
  • Identifying and acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which our school stands
  • Providing safe and supportive learning environments that enhance the self-esteem and cultural identity of Aboriginal students
  • Providing teaching programs that are challenging and culturally appropriate
  • Providing all 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 where required
  • Supporting the staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal students
  • Developing personalised learning plans for Aboriginal students when required
  • Strengthening relationships with Aboriginal families and the wider indigenous community.