We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional custodians, past and present, of this land of the Awabakal people, who long before us lived, loved and raised their children on this land. We also acknowledge all indigenous families in our community and their physical and spiritual connections to this land.
We come together today to learn, to share and to journey together.
We are fortunate at St Kevin’s to provide a range of opportunities for all students in Aboriginal Education. This supports those students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait background, but also all students as they learn and appreciate our indigenous culture.
Aboriginal artwork designed and created by Kamilaroi parent at St Kevin’s, Jade Porter. © 2019.
The artwork represents the staff in the centre with students in their classroom learning environments around the outside, all connected.
Our Aboriginal Education Teacher, Mr Phil Taylor, works with Aboriginal students from Kindergarten to Year 6. As well as addressing a variety of educational outcomes, many aspects of indigenous culture are explored with the students so they can learn about and take pride in their Aboriginal heritage.
As most of the Aboriginal students and families are from other nations, including Kamilaroi and Yorta Yorta, learning about these nations as well as Awabakal, is important so that the students gain a sense of understanding of and affinity with their own nation’s people.
St Kevin’s is currently creating a Yarning Space. This will provide a welcoming, invitational space for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students and families to meet and yarn.