Aboriginal Education and SAASTA

Aboriginal Education and SAASTA

Aboriginal Education

Nina Marni

Our school is located on the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains.

We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land and we acknowledge they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.

The Aboriginal Education Team supports the learning and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students across the site, with families from many different language groups across Australia. The team works to support teachers, students and families to understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

Department for Education Aboriginal Education Strategy
2019-2029 vision

Each Aboriginal child and young person is a proud and confident learner, achieving at their highest potential.

We endeavour to cater to the educational, social and emotional needs of our students within a culturally respectful context.  We work to provide a safe yet challenging learning environment for our students to achieve high standards with the appropriate support.

We recognise the need to foster students’ sense of identity, pride in their cultural heritage, knowledge of Aboriginal culture and a knowledge of contemporary issues.

CBHS aims to foster Aboriginal community participation via regular home contact, hosting of annual events and recognising national celebrations.

Aboriginal Students who attend a Department for Education site have a ‘One Plan’. This is a working document jointly developed to help students, educators and families determine appropriate learning strategies and accommodations to successfully access the Australian Curriculum (years 7-10) and SACE (years 11 and 12).

South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA)

Aboriginal students from schools in the southern region can apply for membership of the Christies Beach High School (CBHS) SAASTA Academy. The SAASTA program is a Department for Education strategy to support Aboriginal students dream, believe and achieve on the way to gaining their SACE.

The program focuses on cultural activities, health, physical education and career and tertiary pathways whilst increasing attendance and engagement in high school.

The program connects students to elite athletes with coaching and mentoring across many sporting codes. It culminates in students being invited to compete in state-wide carnivals – the Aboriginal Power Cup and the SAASTA Shield.

To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following key performance indicators:

  1. Academic Performance
    Achieve academic success in all curriculum areas including non-SAASTA subjects. Access is made available to resources, mentors, tutors and key teaching staff to assist students to achieve academic success.
  1. Attendance
    All absences must be accounted for and maintained above 90% attendance in all subject areas.
  1. Behaviour
    Students must adhere to the school Behaviour Management Code at all times.
  1. Team Work
    Show a high standard of team work and actively participate in all aspects of academy life.
  1. Pride
    Represent SAASTA at school and in the community in a positive manner. Wear your uniform with pride and with a high manner of respect.
  1. Respect
    Show a high standard of respect and courtesy toward all staff, students, coaches and visitors. Students must conduct themselves with a high standard of sportsmanship in all aspects of practice and competition.

For more information or information on how to apply, please contact SAASTA Coordinator Chris Flavel on 8329 9700 or via Chris.Flavel669@schools.sa.edu.au.

SAASTA Connect

SAASTA Connect is a course for year 7-9 students to prepare them for possible inclusion into the SAASTA program when they are in year 10. Students will complete tasks with an emphasis on connection to culture through history, sport and art, with support from our Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officers (ASETO). Students will also develop leadership skills through being a voice for Aboriginal students and representing the school at community events. Students are expected to demonstrate positive attendance, behaviour and respect through all of their schooling, in line with SAASTA expectations.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

AIME is a mentoring bridge between high school and university. AIME provides weekly tutoring sessions to students on-site and 3 program days at UniSA, where they can network with other schools and learn the ropes of a university setting. They assist transition for year 12 students during their final year and for the 6 months after they complete secondary school. They deliver development workshops throughout the year exploring themes of failure, identity, purpose, resilience, mindset, expression, thankfulness and empathy.

Cultural Connections Programs

Aboriginal Education staff facilitate a cultural connections program with Aboriginal students enrolled in the Flexible Learning Program, as well as with years 7 to 9 Aboriginal students. The focus of the programs is to develop cultural identity, understanding Aboriginal history and growing into a proud Aboriginal person.

For more information about Aboriginal Education or to enquire about how we can best support your child please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 8329 9700.