The Committee meets twice per term. It provides support and guidance to the College and our Aboriginal girls.
The Committee worked on the Aboriginal Education Policy and provides links with Aboriginal agencies in the community.
The College supported the UWITTY Camp in 2013 for Aboriginal girls and their mothers. The weekend break gave girls and mothers time to unwind, enjoy each other’s company and discuss the pressure they both feel in the home environment. Built around a program based on culture and connection, it was a restorative experience for all who attended. The College aims to offer the camp once every two years.
The College employs an Aboriginal Teacher, who works with the staff, parents and girls to embed an Aboriginal perspective into the curriculum and raise the awareness and understanding of Aboriginal culture in the community. Through the support and direction of the Aboriginal Teacher, Aboriginal girls at the College have exposure to cultural experiences and infrastructures that aim to optimise their educational outcomes.
The College provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship for girls entering the College in Year 7. All students seeking this scholarship must complete an application form. They will be interviewed by a panel of Aboriginal community members, including Elders, who will inform the College of the preferred candidate. Girls can also apply for the Special Circumstances Scholarship, which is awarded to an incoming Year 7 student. Both scholarships are for tuition only and valid for six years. Families who believe St Patrick’s is the most appropriate high school for their daughter, but are ineligible for the scholarships available, are asked to attend a meeting with the Principal.
The College’s Aboriginal Education Policy was developed by the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee and outlines the College’s position on Aboriginal education.