Nambucca Heads High School

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Aboriginal student support

Aboriginal Education at Nambucca Head High School

Aboriginal land, which includes Nambucca Heads, is called "Gumbaynggirr".  Gumbaynggirr is also the name of the language group as well as the language spoken in this area.  Nambucca Heads pays respect to the original custodians of this land and as a High School we teach the students about respect.

Aboriginal students make up approximately 21% of the school population.  Nambucca is proud of its excellent relations and racial harmony within the school.  The school environment and curriculum reflects the 1996 Aboriginal Educational Policy and Aboriginal perspectives are embedded in all subjects.

Aboriginal Staff

Nambucca Heads High's AEO (Aboriginal Education Officer) is Felicia Jarrett.  Gary Cattanach teaches TAS and is Gunggarri. Felicia and Edrica Jarrett (SLSO) are Gumbaynggirr.  Darren Williams, Head Teacher TAS is Wiradjuri.  Aboriginal staff are involved throughout the school.

What is the A.E.C.G (Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group)?

This group of people meet locally to discuss local educational issues.  New members are welcome, just ring Felicia Jarrett at the school for details.

Aboriginal Language 

As part of our Aboriginal Studies course  both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students are taught the Gumbaynggirr language by staff and Aboriginal community members. 

Junior Aboriginal Lands Council (JLC)

Run by students in conjunction with the Nambucca Heads Local Aboriginal Land Council.  Aboriginal and non Aboriginal students make up the Nambucca Heads High School JLC. This is the first JLC  in Australia and a number of joint programs engage the students in a range of activities both in the school and community.