Eastern Secondary College Serves The Educational Needs Of Stronghold, And Its Surrounding Areas

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Stronghold Secondary College serves the educational needs of Stronghold, and its surrounding areas located in one of the state 's rapidly growing areas in Victoria’s North West. The student body is culturally diverse with a population that is 75% White, 20% Indigenous Australian, and 5% Asian. At Stronghold Secondary College our staff are dedicated to the vision/motto of the College, “The Heart & Future Of The Community” They are passionate about developing successful life long learners, and creating a safe culturally diverse learning environment. An Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO), as well as our Aboriginal Support and Welfare Program helps to support Aboriginal students, which includes approximately 20% of our student population. An Aboriginal Studies program is also implemented at our school to help raise cultural awareness in all our students here at Stronghold Secondary College. Firstly the Australian Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students by delivering a significant, contemporary and engaging curriculum that builds on the educational goals of the Melbourne Declaration and works towards creating a diverse and culturally accepting curriculum. The Melbourne Declaration identified three key areas that need to be addressed for the benefit of both individuals and Australia as a whole (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2013). The three key areas include: • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia • Sustainability. In this paper I’m going to be focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priority allows individuals to appreciate Australia’s history.... ... middle of paper ... ...ing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority throughout Health and Physical Education, Stronghold Secondary College also has a separate unit of study included in the year 9 curriculum which has a lesson devoted to once a week called ‘Aboriginal Studies’, which purely involves all students in understanding and participating in all forms of learning towards Aboriginal history and culture, there is also a practical component of this class, which involves out of class learning, participation in Aboriginal activities and guest speakers. This program is not just important for our Aboriginal student body but also for the health and wellbeing of the whole school to help create equity and a school environment that allows the opportunity for all students to achieve their best throughout their education and to succeed as adults in the world.

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