Students today are immersed in a globalising world that is marked by rapid scientific and technological growth. As technology advances,
we are challenged to collaborate with schools and lead new pedagogical models for learning and teaching,
incorporating new technologies in the classroom and providing new learning spaces to meet the needs of students.
Theme 2: Quality Teaching for all Learners, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019
Saran KimYear 12 Student, Mater Christi College, Belgrave
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Catholic schools is
underpinned and supported by two key strategies:
(Note: the National Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Education Strategy 2015 was endorsed in September 2015).
safety, mentor support, parent support and community connections have also featured
as key factors that have led to successful outcomes.
More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative’, also known as
MATSITI, is a project established in 2011 to increase the number of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people working as teachers in Australian schools.
included the implementation of several research projects, workshops and
programs to support more enrolments in teaching degrees and retain teachers in
Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) applied for MATSITI funding grant in September
2014 which was successful. The project is titled: Leadership Program for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers and Koorie Education Workers in
outcomes of the project are:
'This is important business. This is your
business. Your presence as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples offers
something to Australian society that is difficult to define, but invaluable to
learning. You have put up your hand to go into unfamiliar territory and make
new commitments to enrich your own learning. MATSITI recognises this and we
will wholeheartedly contribute to such an important endeavour.'
Elder, Executive Director, Catholic Education Melbourne
Djaambi (Friend) Day
Djaambi Day is a biannual event that was initiated by Catholic
Education Melbourne in 2004 to nurture Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
students’ connection with their culture and the importance of education. On 7
August 2015, workshops were held that contained literacy, numeracy and cultural
components to show students that culture is present in their classroom
learnings. The major objective of Djaambi Day is to create a friendly and open
environment where young people share a rich cultural experience and actively
participate as individuals and in groups.
Djaambi Day, at Narana Creations in Grovedale
Watta Watnanda Education & Cultural Day
Watta Watnanda Education & Cultural Day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Secondary Students was held on Friday 24 July 2015 at the Korin
Gamadji Institute at the Richmond Football Club.
and ten secondary students from the Archdiocese of Melbourne along with staff,
parents, Koorie Education Workers and Aboriginal community members were given
an opportunity to gather together and live the National NAIDOC theme of ‘We
Stand On Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect & Celebrate’. Inspirational leaders
like Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson, who began the day with a Welcome to
Country and the Very Rev Anthony Kerin, shared stories which gave a sense of
their humanity and commitment to justice.
of the day was due to the collaborative efforts of the staff from Catholic
Education Melbourne, the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Office for Justice &
Peace, Richmond Football Club’s Korin Gamadji Institute, Australian Catholic
University’s Jim-baa-yer’s Indigenous Unit and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
of Victoria. They worked diligently to design a program that engaged and
connected students with each other and the contemporary Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander story of Melbourne.
Clonard students from Herne Hill dancing up country
Worlds of Work Week for Year 10 Students
The World of
Work Program (WOW) was implemented by the Catholic Education Commission of
Victoria Ltd (CECV) in conjunction with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA).
ran from the 7–11 September and involved 15 Year 10 students who registered for
the residential program in Melbourne. The workshops were designed to build the
student’s strengths, communication skills and broaden their aspirations.
WOW is an
innovative program that provides the students with an environment that enables
them to find answers to an essential question: ‘What does it take to succeed in the world of
life and work?’
Year 12 Graduation Dinner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Graduation dinner was
held on Wednesday 16 October at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne,
for 74 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The Dioceses of
Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst were also included. The night commenced with
Welcome to Country by Uncle Colin Hunter, Wurundjeri Elder, followed by
response from Dr Paul Sharkey, Director, Catholic Education Melbourne and
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc (VAEAI) representative Mr Lionel
was well attended by approximately 120 family and friends. Guests included CECV
staff, VAEAI staff and school personnel. When each student was presented with a
Wathaurong Glass plague and certificate, it gave the opportunity for parents,
guardian or staff member to speak about their child/student. The dinner acknowledged
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for their successful education
journey and beginning their cultural rite passage into the next phase of their
Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Victorian Catholic schools at their Graduation Dinner
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