Indigenous communities in the Diocese of Lismore are strong with a rich and diverse culture. They are places where identity is central to student wellbeing. Indigenous Education Workers (IEWs) employed in all schools with indigenous students provide a positive role model for all Indigenous and non-Indigenous children on a daily basis. Indigenous Education Workers make themselves known to the Indigenous students and families within the first few weeks of school.
In our secondary schools the IEWs organise a group gathering early in the year so that the new students have peers they can look out for and up to within the Colleges. The IEWs have a strong commitment to education. These key people help to monitor attendance, provide homework help and implement support strategies that assist students with their learning. Our schools recognise the students’ desire to connect with the curriculum and to perform well academically. We acknowledge their relationship with family, friends and their community.
We are a Catholic system and therefore it is expected that the students are part of the Catholic faith in the school including attending retreats, reflection days and school masses. We acknowledge all significant Indigenous cultural days and promote reconciliation.
You can phone the Indigenous Education Officer at the Catholic Schools Office any time for more information on how we can support your child’s social, emotional and educational growth.