Our commitment to social justice calls us to recognise, appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity.
A curriculum that is truly Australian provides opportunities for all students to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, cultures and contemporary issues and spirituality and promote high expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through quality teaching and learning opportunities.
St Therese’s is committed to the creation of a school community characterised by acceptance, security, justice, happiness and an environment of growth. In order to provide a supportive learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, it is important to identify the factors that impact on learning and self-esteem and develop strategies to address the specific needs of these students in our school.
Educational achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at St Therese’s Primary School, New Lambton are promoted by:
- Embedding Aboriginal perspectives in all aspects of curriculum
- Ensuring we identify, name and acknowledge the traditional custodians of our land
- Providing safe and supportive learning environments that enhance the self-esteem and cultural identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- Providing curriculum, teaching and assessment programs that are challenging, have high expectations and are culturally appropriate
- Providing all Australian students with an understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional and contemporary cultures
- Providing intensive literacy and numeracy support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students where needed
- Supporting staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- Strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and the wider community and looking for opportunities for reconciliation and acknowledgement.