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Aboriginal Education

Sydney Secondary College is proudly located on the lands of the Gadigal and Wongal people of the Eora nation. We acknowledge and extend our respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and to all who have, and continue to contribute to our College.

As a College we are committed to improving the educational outcomes and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students so that they excel and achieve in every aspect of their education. We are committed to increasing knowledge and understanding of the histories, cultures and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Peoples of Australia across our curriculum as we believe this knowledge empowers all students.

We have strong community connections with our Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and work with a number of community stakeholders such as local elders, Department of Education's Regional Aboriginal Education Team, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Universities to ensure that our outcomes are met. We also engage in a number of programs that allow our students to build their capacity and thrive. These include cultural programs such as BroSpeak and SistaSpeak, mentoring programs such as Pirru Thangkuray, and arts programs run through the NSW Department of Education’s Arts Unit and Bangarra Dance Theatre.  Additionally we provide opportunities for our students to gain work experience and placements through organisations such as the Sydney Opera House.

In 2021 both Balmain and Leichhardt campuses have formed Junior AECG’s. Membership provides opportunities for young Aboriginal students to develop leadership skills, communication skills, public speaking skills and provides a voice for young people to express their opinions and perspectives on issues relating to Aboriginal education. Membership is open to all students, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.

Watch our NAIDOC 2020 video: "Always was, Always will be"