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School and Aboriginal Community Context

School and community context: My story, your story

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My story, your story was written by Anne Anschau-Roach, English Faculty Head at St Philip’s Christian College, Waratah, which is a large comprehensive regional high school. While the student population is diverse in socioeconomic and cultural terms, there has only been a very small Aboriginal student population. These students have had a lasting impact, however, as they have sparked the interest of the school and staff to learn more about Aboriginal Australia.

Anne is a member of the Teaching and Learning Team that is vested with the responsibility for leading pedagogical and curriculum innovation within the college learning community. Amongst many things her work involves the integration of learning technologies, special needs education, gifted and talented education, service learning and international perspectives into the curriculum, and supporting teachers to manage change effectively.

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Students of St Philips Christian College.

The school is also situated in an area known for its strong Aboriginal communities of the Awabakal people around Newcastle and the Hunter and falls within the Hunter Regional Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG). The student population is very well situated, therefore, to learn about the local community and its Aboriginal people and heritage. Representatives of two local organisations had contact with the teacher and contributed information for the unit. They were:

  • a representative of the Muloobinda Local AECG committee
  • Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Newcastle.

Photo of Students of St Philips Christian College
Students of St Philips Christian College.

Photo of Students of St Philips Christian College
Students of St Philips Christian College.

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School and Aboriginal Community Context