A pupil-free day at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Margaret River allowed school staff to take part in a special session with traditional custodians and educators.
Principal Russell Wylie said the visit aimed to assist staff with incorporating indigenous education in the classroom.
Being more culturally aware has helped to inform our policies, procedures and practices.- Russell Wylie, Principal
"We were fortunate enough to spend the day with Leon Ridgeway, an Aboriginal Education Consultant from the Catholic Education Regional Office of Bunbury and a Maiangaal Man from the Worimi Nation in New South Wales," explained Mr Wylie.
"Leon worked with the staff to help them learn how to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives into their everyday teaching in the classrooms.
"He also assisted the school in developing an Aboriginal Education policy which will be implemented immediately and continue for the next three years.
"The staff worked looked at how they individually met varying Cultural Competencies and then in regard to how our school maintains partnerships, develops education programs and caters for students of an Aboriginal background."
"The staff were really engaged in the learning opportunities offered and working through the process really made them reflect on personal biases, their teaching practices and understanding terminology and varying perspectives."
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