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 heritage, cultures and contemporary issues and spirituality and promote high expectations of indigenous students through quality teaching and learning opportunities.
Our Lady of Victories is committed to the creation of a school community characterised by acceptance, security, justice, happiness and an environment of growth. To provide a supportive learning environment for Aboriginal students, it is important to identify the factors that impact on learning and self-esteem and develop strategies to address the specific needs of indigenous students in our school.
Educational achievements of Aboriginal students at Our Lady of Victories, Shortland are promoted by:
- embedding Aboriginal perspective 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 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 students where needed
- supporting staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal students
- developing individual plans and personalised learning plans for Aboriginal students
- strengthening relationships with Aboriginal families and the wider community and looking for opportunities for reconciliation and acknowledgement.