Port Lincoln High School was successful winning Australian Government funding again through DEEWR to further develop programs the foster success for Aboriginal students enrolled at the school.
In 2013-14 the Next Steps Initiative at Port Lincoln High School has been aiming to achieve three clear requirements:
- The development or identification of a School and Community Partnership Agreement that includes strategies to lift attendance and engagement.
- The commitment to update Personalised Learning Plans (PLP) with each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student, involving the student’s family in the process wherever possible.
- The development of a whole school literacy and numeracy strategy.
Next Steps has identified five success factors that the school can use as a measure of their success. These include:
- Recognising and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and leadership
- School-Community Partnerships – promotion of early engagement, regular and positive contact, development of respectful relationships
- Skilled school staff who meet individual student needs
- Strategic planning and school leadership – high expectations, use of data, staff models, professional development, pedagogy current curriculum
- Positive school environments – high expectations, celebration of identity, inclusivity and promotion of reconciliation
The Aboriginal Education team has identified art as a focal point of this initiative. The school runs a Lesson 1 art class for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys every day. The Indigenous artwork the boys have produced has been exhibited locally at the Nautilus Theatre, where the boys held their own exhibition. It has also been selected for the Our Mob Exhibition at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
More information about the exhibition can be found on the Adelaide Festival Centre Website
More information about the Next Steps Initiative on the DEEWR Indigenous Schooling Website