Toronto High School acknowledges the First Nations People on whose land we operate and pays its respects to Elders past, present and future.
Toronto High School abides by NSW Department of Education’s Aboriginal Education Policy and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy. It also works closely with Mankillikan, the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG). Aboriginal students make up 14% of the school’s total population and are supported in both cultural and academic pathways.
Toronto High School runs ongoing cultural activities and workshops for students in such areas as weaving, traditional dance, didge playing, bush tucker and medicine. All Aboriginal students have a Personalised Learning Pathway (PLP) that is mapped out by the student and mentor at the beginning of every year. The mentor follows the progress of the student throughout the year to see if they are achieving the goals they established for themselves and/or whether the goals have changed and the PLP needs to be updated. Throughout the year the school holds a PLP BBQ for students, families and mentors to reconnect and discuss the wellbeing and progress of the student.
We host an all school NAIDOC Assembly every year and invites the community and families to attend and participate. The students are presented NAIDOC Awards by the Elders of the community acknowledging their success in academic achievement, sport, leadership, public speaking and overall improvement. The community and families are invited to an afternoon tea to mingle and engage with staff, provide feedback to the school and discuss any current issues or concerns.
Students are supported through a fulltime Aboriginal Education Officer – Nicole Charlesworth and a part time Aboriginal Transition to Work Officer – Rhonda Finlay, both located in the Koori Room. The Koori Room gives the students access to a fridge, jug, toaster and microwave for storing and heating their lunches if required. There is also an Aboriginal Education Coordinator on site full time that oversees the operations of the Aboriginal Education Team.
The school also works with external agencies to provide further programs for the students. The Wollotuka Institute hosts the iBelieve Program for junior students to look at pathways. Career Links assists in work placement/experience for senior students and facilitates the Yakka Program. The Aboriginal Employment Strategy assist in training and job procurement for our transition students. Girra Girra provide a range of cultural workshops throughout the year.
Toronto High School also field teams in the Koori Netball Tournament, Koori Touch Football Competition and other inter school competitions.