Melba Copland Secondary School’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students are actively involved in many targeted activities which allow them the opportunity to embrace their culture.
The school’s ATSI Education Officer assists students to understand and appreciate their culture and heritage. They provide additional support to ensure students’ wellbeing is monitored to optimise their engagement at school.
Students learn about their culture through the importance of artistic expression and storytelling. Circle time or a yarning circle is used during this time to express ideas and promote conversation.
Australia Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)
AIME is a dynamic educational program that is proven to support Indigenous students through high school and into university, employment or further education at the same rate as all Australian students. AIME gives Indigenous students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to grow and succeed.
ATSI students along with our ATSI education officer work with other ATSI students from cluster primary schools and involve them in activities which promote culture and learning. Such activities involve the Sorry Day Walk, Dance, ART, Didgeridoo playing and transition programs.
MCSS are heavily invested in promoting Indigenous sport throughout the region. In particular, the sport of Buroinjin, which has seen teams from Melba Copland Secondary School travel to Western Sydney to play against local schools. MCSS students also compete in the ACT carnival held every year.
We have been honoured with special guests coming into the school to talk to students and share their success.
MCSS students celebrate with a variety of camps held throughout the year.
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