Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
Centenary State High School supports the Department of Education's commitment, "in the spirit of reconciliation, to deliver aspirational educational, economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As public servants, we have a responsibility to develop a genuine understanding of our history and its lasting impact on Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This document commits our entire workforce to deliver this commitment statement and to place Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples at the forefront of our decision making. Creating supportive environments where stakeholders feel empowered to act, allows our agency to move collectively in the same direction".
Activities designed to achieve these commitments and aspirations are embedded throughout the Department's action plans, including the Cultural Capability Action Plan, Reconciliation Action Plan, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy and our Advancing Education Action Plan.
In 2021 at Centenary State High School, we have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan approved by the Reconciliation Council of Australia. In 2021, two key foci are: Cultural Competency and Cultural Safety.
Cultural Capability is the integration of knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standards, policies, practices and attitudes to produce better outcomes for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples (DATSIP, 2018). Cultural safety is a way of working with someone of different cultural backgrounds that does not diminish, demean or disempower someone (Nursing Council of New Zealand, 2009).
In 2021, Teachers at Centenary SHS will access of suite of professional development on Indigenous Education to help staff better understand, acknowledge and embed Indigenous perspectives in their teaching.
Centenary SHS is committed to a Reconciliation Action Plan outlining key actions which will guide our work in cultural competency and cultural safety. Some of the key actions include: 2021 Indigenous captains as part of the Student Forum; Aboriginal language displayed throughout the school as signage; imbedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander perspectives into the curriculum and designing and building a 'Yarning circle'.
Centenary SHS has a multicultural school community with many students from Vietnamese heritage. A Centenary SHS stakeholders group has been formed to create a plan to support Centenary SHS teachers and leaders to better understand the needs of students of Vietnamese culture and heritage and their families.
Please refer to the Education Queensland policy.