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Indigenous Co-ordinator

 


Staffroom – Year Coordinators Area D Block

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The planning and coordinating roles of the School Coordinator are crucial to the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Students.  The Key focus area is ‘Closing the Gap’ which includes: Attendance, Retention, Performance and Community Engagement.

The roles and responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Work as a team with CEC and other Indigenous Education Workers to support students and parents

Attendance 

  • Track student attendance through ID Attend
  • Develop Individual Action Plans (IAP) for any indigenous student whose absences are a concern

Performance (Academic)

  • Track academic results (learning outcomes)
  • Undertake regular data analysis to develop individual education/aspirational plans with all ATSI students. This is constructed at the beginning of Year 8. Each student profile is reviewed at least annually under the foci of: education, social, cultural and career.
  • Ensure subject selections are guided and overseen by Indigenous Support Staff in close consultation with parents.
  • Enhance the availability of offsite learning and alternate programs.
  • Tailor programs of instruction to be delivered with the support of industry. 

Retention

  • Monitor the embedding of Indigenous perspectives in curriculum
  • Raise expectations of teachers, parents and students regarding the achievements of ATSI students
  • Plan and implement activities that will improve student learning outcomes
  • In consultation with the Deputy Principal, formulate and implement yearly school and regional action plans with students and parents (EATSIPS)
  • Develop partnerships between school, industry and local indigenous support facilities to maximise their involvement with students (FOGS - Artie Program,  Career Expo, Titans 4 Tomorrow – T4T, ATAP, QUT Experience, PREQIP, School Based Apprenticeships)
  • Liaise with staff to improve outcomes for Indigenous students at GSHS
  • Create a non-threatening environment for students and parents so as to maximise participation at school by promoting an awareness of and catering for cultural differences.

Community Engagement

  • Regularly invite Indigenous guest speakers to school to model a positive attitude to and extol the benefits of education
  • Strongly encourage and facilitate involvement in cultural celebrations 
  • Assist CEC to organise school responses to events such as NAIDOC week.
  • Assist with workshops and organising activities (Variation to School Routine) for students eg Nhulundu Health Services – Deadly Choices.
  • Be the primary link to the school for parents of Indigenous students at Gladstone SHS
  • Regularly engage with parents and the community.