“Berwick College creates a learning environment that respects, acknowledges and 

celebrates Indigenous culture through pedagogy and practice.”

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‘Berwick College acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Bunurong and Wurundjeri People and pays respect to all elders past and present.’

The Koorie Education program at Berwick College aims to provide quality and meaningful educational outcomes to young Koorie people while increasing the cultural awareness of our non-indigenous staff and students. We work in partnership with the Koorie community to develop an understanding of Koorie culture, support the development of high expectations and individualised learning for Koorie students. Berwick College is committed to creating an environment that respects, recognises and celebrates cultural identity and implementing initiatives that meet student needs in partnership with the Koorie community.

Our Principal notes, “Our Koorie students are publically proud, active in their Koorie heritage and their community. To see these young people standing on the MCG, proudly reading the Acknowledgement of Country and singing the National Anthem at our assemblies demonstrates how this program has improved their sense of belonging. They have grown as people, as students, they stand straighter, with their faces raised. Families have gratefully acknowledged the experiences and opportunities these young people have had, and of how it has changed their lives. The artwork and the pending Learning Stone at Berwick College are a visible demonstration of the pride in our connections to Koorie culture. A highlight for all our Year 7 students and myself each year is when Aunty Marg shares her childhood experiences, powerfully and positively educating our school community. I have seen young people hide their Koorie heritage in the past, but not here, not at Berwick College, not today.”

Pictures of our Indigenous Art Lesson with Aunty Marg

2017 Central Australia community service camp

Berwick College offers an annual community service camp to Central Australia in conjunction with Remote Tours. The student leadership camp to Alice Springs and Uluru will include three days working with a local community on a project at Lilla Station. We are excited by the opportunity to better develop a sense of team whilst helping the students to understand some of the challenges facing young, indigenous people in remote Australia

Koorie Engagement Support Officer (KESO) – Travis Gardner

Travis Gardner is Berwick College’s KESO. He has met with all our Indigenous students and is keen to provide ongoing support to students and families. He can be contacted by email at gardner.travis.j@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Opportunities

The Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School is on again for 2017!

Following the successful 2016 program, four Victoria universities are again collaborating to bring you the Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School (VIEWS).

VIEWS is a week-long program offered by The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Swinburne University and Monash University where students experience first-hand the work of engineers, meet Indigenous engineering professionals, discover pathways into engineering and explore four university campuses.

This is an exciting initiative that will change your student’s perspective on engineering and open up a world of possibilities.

For more information on the program and a registration form for your students please visit: http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/enagage/indigenous/views

Places in this program are strictly limited so get in early as this is an opportunity not to be missed!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the VIEWS team via: eng-views@unimelb.edu.au

Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership Program
The Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership (REAL) Program is specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 14 – 17 years. The program engages youth at Year 9 level, and works with the participants across a number of years to develop their leadership skills.

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Indigenous student Ashlee delivers Acknowledgement of Country at general assembly

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City of Casey flag raising ceremony 27th May 2016

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Camp

Our three staff and 23 students have returned from a life changing, week long service learning camp to Lilla Station in Watarrka National Park. Year 7 student, Rhys wrote in his reflection, ‘This trip has changed me. Things I use to worry about are not important.’ Year 11 student has affirmed her desire to work in a remote community.

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On the 16th of June students attended an Indigenous Pathways session facilitated by the Korin Gamadji Institues’s Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leaders (REAL) program, Olympic athlete Kyle Vander Kuyp from AFL SportsReady and Yorta-Yorta/Wemba-Wemba elder Aunty Diane Singh from Monash University’s Indigenous Centre. Our KESO, Travis Gardner, is so impressed with our students and their approach to their learning. We are very proud of each of them.

Luke Murray and Kyle Vander Kuyp with students Mali and TiaTremaine, Aunty Di, Jeremy MacWhirter