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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education 2018 report card – out now

The Department of Education’s commitment to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is reflected in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in Queensland state schools 2018 report card.

The report card, which spans the last four years, has been developed to share the strategies used to contribute to these improvements, as well as serving as a consultation tool to determine the priorities for the next four years.

Some of the highlights in the report card include a significant increase in Year 12 students obtaining a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA), increase in number of Year 3 students at or above NAPLAN Reading, and greater retention rate for Year 10–12 students – just to name a few.

View the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander report card (PDF, 2.1MB)

Senior studies scholarship applications opening soon

Schools are encouraged to apply for 2020 QATSIF QCE Scholarships for their Year 10 or 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Applications for the 2020 school year are open from 19 June to 23 August 2019. The scholarships provide $1,000 per year to support the financial costs of senior studies.

Under the QCE Scholarship Program, QATSIF provides two-year scholarship funding to support students commencing in Year 11. QATSIF funds successful schools which then provide scholarships to individual students. The intention of the funding is to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander student retention in Years 11 and 12.

For more information, visit www.qatsif.org.au.

Nominations for $5,000 STEM awards now open

High Achieving Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM students are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Peter Doherty STEM awards.

Awards are offered across the following 6 categories:

  • Outstanding Senior STEM Student Awards
  • Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student Awards
  • Outstanding Teacher of STEM Awards
  • Outstanding STEM Support Officer Awards
  • STEM Education Partnership Awards
  • Outstanding School STEM Awards

2019 marks the 16th year of the awards named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland.

Nominations close COB 28 March 2019, with winners announced at an awards presentation ceremony on 9 August 2019.

For further information on how to apply, visit Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.

Engaging and fun school resources

Remember, great materials are available to help encourage school attendance. The new adventures of Jimmy and Sam the Dog animation and comic book feature NRL legend Sam Thaiday as Sam the Dog, with a cameo appearance by Johnathan Thurston, plus former Queensland Firebirds netballer Beryl Friday.

We know higher school attendance leads to more positive student outcomes, so let’s help motivate students to turn up to school every day.

Head to every day counts to check out the new materials, feel free to share.​

High-achieving Indigenous students to gain invaluable camp experiences

This month was a big one for our Year 4 Solid Pathways students.

These high-achieving Indigenous students are off to develop their critical and creative thinking skills, as well as engage in cultural and environmental pursuits at five experience days being held in a range of locations including Numinbah Valley, Nudgee Beach, Amaroo, Moreton Bay and Pullenvale.

These experiences provide the students with unique educational opportunities. During the experiences they will engage in cultural activities that highlight the long and enduring knowledge and practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This includes participating in hands-on activities such as fire-starting, seed grinding and developing rock tools.
Students will also learn about the ecosystems and resources of the environment from a traditional perspective and learn how critical and creative thinking has led to environmentally sustainable land management practices.

One key component of the experiences is the chance to meet, connect and work collaboratively with other like-minded, high achieving Solid Pathways students, developing their capacity for teamwork, leadership and setting and achieving goals.

Deadly new resources encourage school attendance

The department has produced new resources to encourage students to turn up to school – every day.

While there has been improvement in school attendance for all Queensland state school students, there is great potential to improve the rates for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

For this reason, the Every day counts campaign is targeted specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The campaign features some of your favourite Indigenous footy players, including Johnathan Thurston, Sam Thaiday and Greg Inglis, in animations, a comic book, posters and a dedicated website.

We know higher school attendance leads to more positive student outcomes, so let's help motivate students to turn up to school every day.

Thanks to those Solid Pathways students who provided their input into the campaign.

Visit the Every day counts website to view the deadly new resources. 

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Your free Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resource

Did you know the Dandiiri Schools and Community Library in Brisbane serves schools all around Queensland?

Dandiiri Library is a valuable, state-wide resource reflecting all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.

Schools can access fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, puzzles, puppets, toys, kits, artefacts and teacher reference materials, all with an Indigenous focus.

The library's knowledgeable staff can help teachers embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum in authentic and meaningful ways. Dandiiri is also an excellent source of materials on topics such as Reconciliation, the Stolen Generation, Native Title and NAIDOC week.

Membership for schools and teachers is free. Visit the Dandiiri Library page for more information​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​​

 

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Last reviewed
2 August 2019
Last updated
 2 August 2019