Aboriginal Education and SAASTA
Our school is located on Kaurna land. We would like to acknowledge this land that we meet and learn on and the traditional custodians, the Kaurna people.
We acknowledge their spiritual connection with the land and pay our respects to elder past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes for all First Nations people.
The Aboriginal Education Team supports the learning and wellbeing of First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) students across the site, with families from many different language groups across Australia. The team works to support teachers, students and families to understand First Nations history and culture within the curriculum.
Department for Education Aboriginal Education Strategy
Each First Nation 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 First Nations culture and a knowledge of contemporary issues.
CBHS aims to foster First Nations community participation via regular home contact, hosting of annual events and recognising national celebrations.
First Nations 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)
First Nations students from schools in the southern region can apply to be in the Christies Beach High School (CBHS) SAASTA Academy. The SAASTA program is a Department for Education strategy to support First Nations students dream, believe and achieve on the way to gaining their SACE.
The program focuses on cultural activities, health, career exploration and tertiary pathways whilst increasing attendance and engagement in high school.
The program connects students to many organisations throughout the program. 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:
- 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.
All absences must be accounted for and maintained above 80% attendance in all subject areas.
Students must adhere to the school Behaviour Management Code at all times.
- Team Work
Show a high standard of team work and actively participate in all aspects of academy life.
Represent SAASTA at school and in the community in a positive manner. Wear your uniform with pride and with a high manner of 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 Chris Flavel, Senior Leader Aboriginal Education on 8329 9700 or via Chris.Flavel669@schools.sa.edu.au.
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 First Nations 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.
This year, CBHS welcomes the Clontarf Foundation to the school. This program targets improving the education, discipline, life skills, self esteem and employment prospects for First Nations boys. Through a supported safe space in the school, they can access the room before school, after school, at lunch and recess to connect with Clontarf staff members and work their way towards attending camps and excursions, community events and carnival against other Clontarf academies.
CBHS supports students to attend community events that are important to First Nations students. These include Close The Gap Day, Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week, Nunga Tag and other significant events important to the First Nations community. The school also engages with community members to be involved in these events.
For more information about First Nations Education or to enquire about how we can best support your child please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 8329 9700.