Cultural Celebrations and Language Revival
Gawura focuses on identity, cultural understanding and the development and implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander units of work and integrated perspectives. Each year, we acknowledge significant cultural celebrations such as National Sorry Day; NAIDOC Week; National Aboriginal & Islander Children’s Day and Indigenous Literacy Day. Gawura recognises the importance of Language revival along with the cultural understanding that the Wiradjuri classes provide.
The following basic principles underpin the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Policy:
- All students are entitled to learn about Aboriginal Australia, understanding that Aboriginal communities are the custodians of knowledge about their own culture and history.
- Aboriginal students are entitled to high quality; culturally appropriate education and training programmes as a foundation for lifelong learning.
- Teaching and learning programs reflect the diverse needs of our Aboriginal students.
- Aboriginal communities are entitled to negotiate the decisions that affect their children’s schooling.
- Aboriginal students are entitled to feel safe and secure in expressing and developing their own identity, and participate in a system which is free of racism and prejudice.
- Opportunities are provided for all students to learn about the values and attitudes related to social justice, intercultural understanding, beliefs, moral codes and lifelong learning.
- Past, current and future related issues, ideas, problems and trends are considered and investigated.
At Gawura, our students learn about:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
- Social systems and structures
- Change and continuity
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Students are engaged in learning experiences that encourage interest in and informed attitudes towards:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
- Cultural understandings
- Beliefs and moral codes
- Intercultural understanding
- Lifelong learning