Briar Road Public School, NSW – Winner of the Arthur Hamilton Award 2018

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Aboriginal education at Briar Road Public School is a core component of the school’s co-curricular program and staff are encouraged and supported to ensure that Aboriginal education is a whole of school responsibility. The school invests both financial and human resources in to the program, which is embedded in to its strategic plan. Aboriginal culture is an integral part of the fabric of the school and is evident in the way the school functions on a daily basis.

The school has developed and plays a leadership role in a wide range of programs:

  • Students and teachers alike benefit from the cultural knowledge delivered through the cultural studies program by the school-funded Aboriginal Culture and Curriculum Teacher.
  • The school runs a four day Cultural Immersion Program – open to other schools through an expression of interest process – where Aboriginal members of staff work with local Aboriginal community members from Dubbo and Gilgandra to run this professional learning opportunity, where participants travel to western NSW to walk with elders and learn on country.
  • The has led the Community of Schools approach, which has enabled leadership and capacity building across a network of local and regional schools, ensuring greater levels of consistency and accountability.
  • Further to this, the school supports a range of cultural events, an early years transition program based on partnerships with local preschools, along with an elders program and a program to support and build well-being.

Jessica Scott the Aboriginal Education Lead of the school’s Aboriginal Education Team and Samantha Rangaiya the school’s Deputy Principal accepted the Award on behalf of the Aboriginal Education Team at Briar Road Public School.