Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Education at Murray Bridge High School

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The Aboriginal Education Team at Murray Bridge High School consists of:
2 Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officer: Cheryl Love and Joffre Pearce
1 Aboriginal Education Coordinator: Miranda Mulder
1 Aboriginal EALD Teacher: Brooke Goyne
5 Tutors: Loraine Pearce, Peter Crowley, Alisha Vanzati, Kerrie Frazer
2 Aboriginal Student Mentors: Mark McCormack (yr 9) and Daniel Matthews (yr 8)
1 Cultural Studies Teacher: Lachlan Miles

The team’s role is to support all Aboriginal students at Murray Bridge High School. Our main focus is to support students’ literacy, numeracy, attendance and well-being. We aim to do this by maintaining high expectations of our Aboriginal students and engaging with the community wherever possible. We encourage our students to connect with and be proud of their culture. Aboriginal students have the opportunity to participate in a number of cultural events such as the Recognition walk, the Reconciliation breakfast, NAIDOC week and the Aboriginal Health Fair Day.
The Cultural Studies program is designed to explore the Australian Curriculum History and Geography with an Aboriginal Perspective. These classes also include a language component by which students can link study of the Ngarrindjeri language to aspects of history and geography. During the year, the Cultural Studies classes have been on a number of excursions including Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Heritage Site and the Migration Museum. A documentary film maker came to the school and made a short documentary about the Cultural Studies class which featured on NITV.

SAASTA
Murray Bridge High School has been part of the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) since 2010. The SAASTA program is a unique sporting and educational program that provides Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander high school students with the skills, opportunities and confidence to Dream, Believe and Achieve in the areas of sport, education, employment and healthy living.
It is the aim of SAASTA to encourage every student to aim high by raising the bar of expectation they place on themselves and their peers in areas such as attendance, participation, educational achievement and behaviour. Because of this approach our students are considered ambassadors and role models who represent not only SAASTA but their schools, families and communities.
The Murray Bridge High School SAASTA Academy offers two main subjects: Integrated Studies (Power Cup) and Certificate III in Sport and Recreation.
Aboriginal Power Cup (APC)
This three-day event focuses on cultural activities, health, career and tertiary pathways and the much hyped 9-A-Side football competition which is hotly contested by each of the academies.
In the lead up to the carnival students are required to work both individually and in teams to complete a series of set curriculum tasks. All tasks are judged on a points system with the highest ranked male and female teams earning the right to play off in the Grand Final at AAMI stadium before a Port Adelaide Power home game.

SAASTA Shield
This subject has been developed to follow on from the Aboriginal Power Cup. Like the APC, this subject culminates in a two-day sporting carnival where academies will compete in a round-robin format to claim the SAASTA Shield.

Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
There are fourteen modules in this subject which are mainly sporting based with a particular focus on skill developed, tactics, physical conditioning and the attainment of the Senior First, Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare and various Base Level Coaching certificates. Students complete modules in class and then are assessed at Regency TAFE. They attend these TAFE blocks in the last week of terms 1, 2  and 3.
Academy students who successfully completed all modules will receive a nationally accredited qualification.

  • Aboriginal Education Classroom

    The Aboriginal Education classroom is used for delivering Ngarrindjeri language; Certificate II in community and recreation as part of the South Australia Aboriginal Sports and Training Academy and providing tutoring for our Aboriginal students through APAS program.  This is where you will find the office of the Aboriginal Education Team, including the Aboriginal Education Teacher, Mrs Tracy Bellamy and Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officer, Mr Joffre Pearce.  Parents wanting to discuss any issues relating to their childs progress at school can contact the team by making an appointment at the front office.

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