ACKnowledgement of Country
Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands upon which our children learn and play, the local Aboriginal peoples of the Dharawal, Gundungurra, and Yuin Nations.
We pay respect to their Peoples and culture, recognising their continuing connection to land, water, and communities. It is with the greatest of respect, we acknowledge Elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend our deepest gratitude for the cultural, spiritual, and educational practices that continue to enrich the life of our Catholic school communities.
Our Diocese includes four main regions: the Illawarra, Macarthur, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven. These regions of the Diocese mostly correspond to diverse Aboriginal nations of the Dharawal, Gundungurra and Yuin nations.
DID YOU KNOW?
Catholic Education in the Diocese of Wollongong:
- recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the first Australians and have the longest continuous cultures in human history
- is committed to work in partnership with families and community in welcoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and supporting them to strive to reach their full potential and to embrace their culture and identity
how do i enrol my child in a catholic school?
To enrol your child in a Catholic School you can contact:
- the Principal of your local Catholic School
- the Diocesan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer
- the local Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer
WHAT IS PROVIDED?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families are provided with:
- inclusive learning and teaching experiences that value and enhance knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- support through personalised learning plans that are developed in partnership with parents/carers, the child and their teacher(s)
- support from the Diocesan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer
- support from Aboriginal Community Engagement Officers and Aboriginal Education Assistants (AEAs) attached to some schools
- opportunities for family and community members to be involved in the sharing of culture and appropriate knowledge with their child's school community that builds respect, partnership, recognition and reconciliation
- opportunity to privately discuss reduced school fees and costs with the Principal of your local Catholic School with the support of the Diocesan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer
CONTACT FOR ABORIGINAL EDUCATION
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Professional Officer
Improvement, Learning & Wellbeing
Ph: (02) 4253 0844
See contact details for each of our school's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Co-ordinators/Contacts here.