St John’s commitment to social justice calls us to recognise, appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity. A curriculum that is truly Australian provides opportunities for all students to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal heritage, cultures and contemporary issues and spirituality. We promote high expectations of Aboriginal students through quality teaching and learning opportunities.
St John’s is committed to the creation of a school community characterised by acceptance, security, justice, happiness and an environment of growth. In order to provide a supportive learning environment for Aboriginal students, it is important to identify the factors which impact on learning and self-esteem and develop strategies to address the specific needs of these students in our school.
The educational achievements of Aboriginal students at St John’s Primary School, Lambton are promoted through school initiatives which:
- Embed Aboriginal perspective in aspects of curriculum
- Identify, name and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we learn
- Provide safe and supportive learning environments which enhance the self-esteem and cultural identity of Aboriginal students
- Provide curriculum, teaching and assessment programs which are challenging, have high expectations and are culturally appropriate
- Provide all students with an understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions and culture
- Support staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal students
- Strengthen relationships with Aboriginal families and the wider community and look for opportunities for reconciliation and acknowledgement.