St Anthony’s College offers relevant, dynamic and engaging curriculum for Prep to Year 12
Indigenous Education at the College is aimed at supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Prep to Year 12, both academically and culturally. The College has a range of formal committees and programs which are designed to monitor students’ progress, celebrate culturally significant events and make strategic decisions around the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues in the College community.
The Indigenous Education Team includes Mr Barry Horner (College Principal), Ms Katelyn Wallace (Indigenous Education Leader), Mrs Lisa Fitzsimmons (Assistance Principal – Administration), Mr Nick Antoniazzi (Deputy Principal – Student Services), Mrs Angela Castellana and Mr Cameron Smallwood (Indigenous Support Officers).
Students are supported with their academic studies with the assistance of the Indigenous Education Officers, who assist students with literacy and numeracy in the classroom. The Padua campus is supported by Mr Cameron Smallwood while the Assisi campus is supported by Mrs Castellana.
The College encourages Indigenous families to meet the Indigenous Education Team and other staff member during informal gatherings throughout the year, such as a Welcoming BBQ and social afternoon tea. Families and other community members are also invited to celebrate significant events with us, with involvement in College liturgies, assemblies and cultural activities.
The Indigenous Education Committee
The Indigenous Education Committee’s aim is to make strategic decisions around the promotion of Indigenous issues in the College community. The committee ensures that designed goals remain aligned with the vision for Indigenous Education as outlined in the Townsville Catholic Education Office (TCEO) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategic Plan. This committee consists of the Indigenous Education Team members, parents and carers, senior students and TCEO staff. Within these meeting the College this year has formulated a ‘Reconciliation Action Plan’ and ‘Schools and Families Partnership Agreement’ which aligns with goal set for 2015.
Celebrating Significant Events
The College has celebrated a range of events throughout the year, such as; Sorry Day, Mabo Day, Harmony Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. Activities included 32 weaving, spearing, dancing, bush tucker planting and eating, painting and decorating message sticks. Students also participated in homeroom quizzes, College assemblies, library displays and guest speaker presentations.
Scholarships and Career Opportunities
The Career Development Officer and Indigenous Education Leader work closely to provide scholarship, training and career opportunities for our Indigenous students. Please contact Mrs Robyn Dembowski or Ms Katelyn Wallace for more information.