Aboriginal Student Support
The school encourages and supports the educational needs and achievements of Aboriginal students and educates all students about Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary Aboriginal Australia.
Aboriginal students are supported and given guidance by teacher mentors, both of whom are of Aboriginal background. A special room has been allocated where meetings are held and Aboriginal students may go to socialise. Accommodation is provided through the local Aboriginal hostel, and students are attracted to Endeavour Sports High School from around NSW.
Whole school assemblies are held to promote and recognise the importance of Reconciliation Day and National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week. Features and highlights include:
• traditional welcome to all from the people of this land
• the presence of local elders
• interactive cultural dance, music and stories
• a demonstration of wood carving
• hands-on introduction to a range of fauna and wildlife ie bush foods and medicine
As the Targeted Sports Program plays a special role in promoting success for Aboriginal students throughout the school, regular visits from prominent Aboriginal sports stars are organised. Aboriginal students are supported and given guidance by teacher mentors, both of whom are of Aboriginal background.
The mentors assist with all facets of the Aboriginal students school life, from welfare to sport.
Our educational goals
• To have high expectations of our Aboriginal students and encourage their belief in themselves that they can and will achieve their goals through raised academic performance.
• To inform teaching practice on how Aboriginal students learn best through consultation with parents and the local Aboriginal community.
• To support students through guided and systematic instruction and help them to achieve equitable outcomes with other students
• To engage in discussion with students about goals and bright futures in a proactive environment.
• To promote effective leaning and training as the potential to lead to quality employment.
Students are able to access teacher support to understand, plan and write their assessments. They can access computers including the internet.
Students in Years 11 and 12 receive individual or small group tuition from a tutor during their study periods.
Clontarf Academy at ESHS
“The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.”
Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for about 5,500 boys in 91 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The Foundation believes that failure to experience achievement when young, coupled with a position of under-privilege can lead to alienation, anger and more serious consequences. As a prelude to tackling these and other issues, participants are first provided with an opportunity to succeed and in turn raise their self-esteem.
The vehicle for achieving this outcome is Australian Rules and/or Rugby League. The Foundation uses the existing passion that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys have for football to attract them into school and keep them there. The programs are delivered through a network of football academies established in partnership with local schools. Any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander male enrolled at the school is eligible to participate in the Clontarf Academy.
Our Academies provide an important school-engagement mechanism for many at-risk students who would otherwise not attend or have low school attendance.
Full time, locally based Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues while the school caters for their educational needs.
Using a comprehensive approach of supportive relationships, a welcoming environment, and a diverse range of activities, the students develop improved self-esteem and confidence.