St Pius X offers a wide variety of opportunities for students who identify as Indigenous. As a whole school, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and knowledge is embedded throughout the curriculum across all subjects. Many of our programs for Indigenous students are also available to all students.
Indigenous students are offered a range of scholarships and academic opportunities such as the STEM ASSETS program and Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer School Program at the University of Sydney. St Pius X has a gifted program for all students with culturally appropriate means of gifted identification. Within the school environment there are a range of leadership opportunities for Indigenous students including reading Welcome to Country at assemblies and volunteering as a group leader on cultural days, such as NAIDOC day.
There is a specific OneNote online classroom for Indigenous students at St Pius X where they can find relevant information, opportunities and academic support. Students requiring additional academic support are able to access small group lessons, where specific student literacy and numeracy goals are targeted. Students are also able to access additional support in class for targeted literacy and numeracy goals as identified in the individual student Personal Learning Plan (PLP).
St Pius X offers students a connection to country and cultural immersion through the Yula-Punaal Education and Healing Centre. Students are taken off site to learn traditional Indigenous culture and caring for country whilst gaining a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management (CaLM). Additionally, there is a Landcare program at St Pius X enabling students to gain traditional sustainable environmental practices through caring and regenerating the St Pius X grounds. So far, Landcare have regenerated the Kitchen Garden and created a Bush Tucker Food Forest with over 40 different species of Indigenous bush tucker plants.
St Pius X is committed to the closing the gap and creating high expectations for our Indigenous students by working through the What Works Program to identify goals and strategies that ensure the best educational outcomes for our Indigenous students.