ORANGE Public School’s commitment to enhancing Aboriginal student outcomes and partnerships with families and the community has been recognised with an excellence award at a special ceremony last Thursday.
They were one of just five schools nation-wide to be presented with a Dare to Lead Award for excellence in leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.
School principal Toni MacDonald was thrilled with the award.
“We value every student in our school. We are delighted with the success of our strategies that ensure Aboriginal students achieve the best outcomes that they can,” she said.
“The opportunities that began with this project helped build strong relationships with family which had really amazing benefits and the journey we’ve been on has been a successful one.
“Our successes are founded in the ethos that it takes a community to raise a child and our community is an integral partner in this success.”
The school’s achievements included evidence of improved student performance, with every indigenous student achieving at or above national benchmarks in NAPLAN for 2010 and 2011
They also adjusted the school’s maths curriculum with input from Aboriginal parents and a community advisory group to make the subject more engaging and relevant.
“Orange Public School can be justifiably proud that it is making great strides in achieving positive outcomes with its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,” Dare to Lead national project director Peter O’Beirne said.
“I congratulate the principal, the school and the community for working together in a strategic way.
“We know from what we see in schools in every part of our Dare to Lead network around the country that schools who work strategically to engage their Aboriginal parents and community and track their outcomes are well on the way to moving ahead.”
Mrs MacDonald said Orange Public School had 58 indigenous students, around 10 per cent of all students enrolled at the school.
She said the school would continue to work hard to make sure every student strived for excellent results.