The Indigenous Student Support Aide works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, under the Closing the Gap Education Strategy, to close the gap in areas of literacy and numeracy and student attendance. It is also the aim of the Indigenous Student Support Aide to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in developing a sense of identity and pride, through building knowledge and understanding of their cultural heritage, thus contributing to developing a positive self-concept.
WHO IS THE AMBERLEY DISTRICT STATE SCHOOL INDIGENOUS STUDENT SUPPORT AIDE?
Mrs Vicki Nilsen has been the Indigenous Student Support Aide at the school since July 2012. Vicki holds a Certificate III in Education Support and has completed Cultural Awareness training through the Education Department.
WHAT DOES OUR INDIGENOUS STUDENT SUPPORT AIDE DO WITHIN THE SCHOOL?
The Indigenous Student Support Aide supports students in the classroom under the teachers’ direction in literacy and numeracy, either one on one or in small groups.
Our Indigenous Student Support Aide also runs our Culture Club once a week for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and their friends to participate in cultural activities. This as well as other excursions and events are to encourage students to take pride in and celebrate their culture.
The Indigenous Student Support Aide is available for students to connect with at school if they are in need of any assistance in or out of the classroom. This role also extends as an educational liaison for parents within the school providing assistance with information for families from local community groups.
HOW CAN I CONTACT THE INDIGENOUS STUDENT SUPPORT AIDE?