Celebrating achievements in Indigenous education

Thank you to all those striving to make a difference

Gowrie Boys picture courtesy of Christian Gordon

Brisbane is the first capital city in Australia to close the gap in the rate of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students completing Year 12.

The goal has almost been reached state-wide.

Education Minister Kate Jones revealed the statistics late last year and said that when it came to Year 12 attainment “we have well and truly closed the gap” in Brisbane.

“We know that a quality education transforms lives so closing the gap on Year 12 attainment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is crucial,” she said.

“Particularly I want to recognise the principals and school staff whose efforts helped achieve this.”

She said there were still more improvements to be made for Indigenous students, including increasing the number of Year 10 students who go on to complete Year 12.

The gap in literacy and numeracy scores in NAPLAN has decreased between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students over the past eight years following an unprecedented state-wide push to improve skills in these areas.

Amid the push, great achievements have been made in many schools.

This week, the Queensland College of Teachers would like to say thank you to teachers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for their dedication to students, and to Indigenous students and teachers, whose efforts are behind any Close the Gap goals reached.

From Aboriginal Elder Uncle Albert Holt, who continues to inspire school students with his message of making the most of educational opportunities, to powerful role model and St Columban’s College, Caboolture, teacher Ashlee Gale, who shares her family’s stories with pupils when she teaches Indigenous perspectives, to The Murri School which excels in education specifically tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, to the Gowrie Boys at St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie, who remind us of how strong and vibrant culture is among Indigenous students – all are examples of great Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements in the area of education in Queensland.

You can read all of their stories by clicking on the day tabs above.

While NAIDOC Week will officially be over on Sunday 10 July, Queensland schools don’t start for Term 3 until 11 July. Schools will therefore continue to celebrate the week right through to August.

For teachers on the lookout for NAIDOC Week resources, click on the links below:

NAIDOC: http://www.naidoc.org.au/

ABC Splash: http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/search/Naidoc

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships https://www.datsip.qld.gov.au/be-involved/cultural-awareness/naidoc-week

For NAIDOC events around the state, click http://www.naidoc.org.au/events-calendar and select Queensland in the search bar.

Happy NAIDOC Week.