Principal’s YES Message:
As you know I have been revisiting the priority areas in our AIP over the past weeks. Our third priority area is “Closing the Gap” (CTG). CTG refers to the national agenda of CTG between indigenous academic outcomes with those of non-indigenous children. Although we do not have a large number of indigenous children, we do still have the same commitment to CTG for our indigenous children. Attendance is one of the CTG targets all schools are required to close. Indigenous attendance is not a big issue for us as we have had a 3% to almost zero gap over the past few years, but we do need to maintain this positive trend. In this instance then we will apply the same “Everyday Counts” strategies (which I will talk about next week) as for the non-indigenous children. To improve literacy and numeracy (which are already positive) results for our indigenous children we develop individual improvement plans (IIPs) for each of these children. Another expectation is that indigenous perspectives are embedded in our curriculum. The new National Curriculum already has this within its curriculum documents. We need to include it in our everyday teaching practices.
What can you do to help at home? Once again take the time to become familiar with the AIP. If you are a parent of an indigenous child ensure you are familiar with their IIP and how you can help at home. Encourage your indigenous children to attend any indigenous days/activities on offer.