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Statement on Indigenous Education in Anglican Schools

 

Anglican Schools are committed to enhancing the understanding of Indigenous Australian spirituality, history and culture, whilst ensuring an ongoing commitment to Indigenous communities across the nation. To view the Statement on Indigenous Education in Anglican Schools including the 'Checklist for Anglican Schools' click here.

 

Indigenous Programs in our Schools

On 14 February 2017 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull released the ninth 'Closing the Gap' Report on targets set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008. Despite spending $5.9bn a year on indigenous programs only one of the seven targets, indigenous Year 12 attainment, is on track to halving the gap with non-indigenous Australians by 2020. Closing the gap in life expectancy by 2031; halving the gap in literacy and numeracy by 2018; closing the school attendance gap by 2018; and halving the unemployment gap by 2018 are not on track to be met. The final target, aimed at having 95 per cent of indigenous children in early childhood education by 2025, stands at 87 per cent.

 

The Prime Minister said that while success had been achieved at local levels across the country, national progress had been slow. He announced that he would appoint an indigenous productivity commissioner and make a $50m investment "for research into policy and its implementation".   

 

Given the continued spotlight on indigenous disadvantage ASA's Management Committee decided in March 2015 that it was timely to promote indigenous education programs in our schools by asking schools to share information about the programs they offer in ASA News. Five schools, Christ Church Grammar School; Guildford Grammar School; St Andrew's Cathedral School; The Armidale School; and Trinity Grammar School agreed to share information about their programs in the April 2015 edition of network's newsletter. In addition, a student from Canberra Girls Grammar School wrote about her experiences as a Yalari Scholarship Student.

Click here to read these articles in ASA NEWS.

 

Melbourne Grammar School's Reconciliation Plan was featured in the September 2015 edition of the newsletter as was Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School's Indigenous Scholarship Program. At that time we also published ASA's Statement On Indigenous Education In Anglican Schools and the associated Checklist for Anglican Schools.

Click here to read these articles.

 

In December 2015 ASA published articles highlighting Somerset College's Indigenous Partnerships program and Hume Anglican Grammar's service learning trip to Oenpelli, a remote village in West Arnhem Land. Click here to access these articles. 

 

The April 2016 edition of the newsletter featured an article about Hale School's Indigenous Scholarship program. In 2016 Hale celebrated seven indigenous young men completing Year 12 - the largest number of indigenous students to graduate from Hale in the one Year group.

Click here to read this article.

 

At the beginning of 2016 Barker College (NSW) opened Darkinjung Barker, an indigenous campus for primary aged school children on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Phillip Heath, Head of Barker College, wrote an article about establishing the school at Yarramalong and of the intent "to keep it small, keep it local and keep it focused on our purpose - strong and proud cultural identity in concert with academic achievement". This article, together with an article on Kormilda College's (NT) 2016 NAIDOC Day celebrations, were featured in the October 2016 edition of the newsletter.

Click here to read the articles.

 

The December 2016 edition of ASA NEWS featured two articles on schools building relationships with indigenous communities. Kay Fyfe, Director of Development at Trinity College (SA), wrote about working with artists and students from the APY Lands and Sharonlee Post, a Year 5/6 teacher at Cobram Anglican Grammar School described the school's NAIDOC Week celebrations which included hosting special guests and elders from the local Yorta Yorta community, the Wiradjuri people and the Kamilaroi community. The newsletter also includes an article about exploring ways to worship with the Nyoongar Christian Community in the Diocese of Perth.

Click here to read the articles.