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We strive to embrace the rich and diverse cultures that exist within and across Australia’s many Aboriginal nations
At Sacred Heart, we recognise our nations First Peoples as the original inhabitants of this country. We strive to embrace the rich and diverse cultures that exist within and across Australia’s many Aboriginal nations.
Situated on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja Sacred Heart has a current enrolment of 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Our students and families are supported by our Aboriginal Liaison and Support Officer. They work in close partnership to establish and maintain positive and trusting relationships with students and their families.
Throughout our school, we also embed Aboriginal Perspectives as a cross-curriculum priority within the classroom and throughout learning areas. Our staff and students are supported by our Aboriginal Education Team, including Key Teachers of Aboriginal Perspectives Mr Braid Bouffler and Mrs Louise Cushen. Their role is to aid in the establishment and continuation of culturally safe spaces and resources at Sacred Heart, including personal and professional development.
Sacred Heart is also fortunate to have Mrs Brittany Conaghan, our Aboriginal Teacher’s Assistant (ATA). As part of her role, she works closely with teaching staff to support and liaise with our Aboriginal students and their families. This partnership is vital in encouraging students to fulfil their potential in their spiritual, academic, social/emotional, and physical journey’s at Sacred Heart.
The opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the ancient cultures of our Indigenous Peoples is highly regarded amongst the Sacred Heart Community. This includes our Sorry Day, National Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week events. Students have the privilege to participate in; a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremonies, Stories shared by Elders, native food tastings, traditional dance and arts.