Chester Hill High School

Strength in Unity, Excellence in Education

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Aboriginal student engagement

Aboriginal education

Our vision for our Aboriginal students is to reach their full potential by providing high quality learning and engaging students in a nurturing environment.

We value our Aboriginal families and work in partnership with the community and support agencies. Students have an appreciation of Aboriginal culture and are working together towards reconciliation.

We work closely with the Darug Elder, Aunty Sandra Lee, and one of the Aboriginal community members, Mel Brown.

The students have their own classroom, The Dalarinji Room, meaning, in Darug, Ours, belonging to us.

Here, students have a computer, printer, aboriginal art and artifacts. Every Wednesday and Thursday students stay back in the homework centre to complete homework and assignments.

Culture

Students performed a contemporary Aboriginal dance at Schools Spectacular. They were choreographed by Francis Rings from Bangarra. The group performed a Bangarra piece, Lead. This was shown on the ABC.  The teachers credit union kindly  donated 20 free tickets for the parents to see the event at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Working closely with the Aboriginal community, supported by Mel Brown. 

Celebrating important indigenous days, for example sorry day, reconciliation day and Naidoc Week.

Also held a flag raising event.

Flag day

This was the first time in the school's history we had an Aboriginal dance.  Seven of our Aboriginal boys performed a Traditional Aboriginal welcome dance. Our dance ensemble is called the Wungarras which in Dharug means "boys".

Students went to the Seymour centre to see Aboriginal theatre and also the Opera house to see Aboriginal dance performed by Bangarra.