Immanuel College values and respects Kaurna people as the traditional Indigenous custodians and acknowledge that their spiritual beliefs and cultural connections to this country are as important today, as they were in the past.
The College fosters a whole school focus on Indigenous culture through creating an environment which clearly values Indigenous Australia. We recognize Indigenous events during the year such as Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week. The Aboriginal flag is flown as a symbol of our commitment and we ensure recognition of the Indigenous heritage on our site.
Immanuel College has a strong history of Indigenous students dating back to the early 1960’s. During this time the College has offered Indigenous Scholarships to provide educational opportunities to rural and remote students. Immanuel strives to implement The Lutheran Schools Association Indigenous Education Plan and address the 4 priority areas:
- To promote the active participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in all levels of decision-making.
- To promote Reconciliation by acknowledging, understanding and valuing the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- To implement, evaluate and revise programs and strategies that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to develop their God-given gifts and talent in the best possible way.
- To support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and their children in accessing Lutheran Education.
In 2006, Immanuel College was recognised as a high performance school and selected as an Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) provider. The IYLP provides scholarships and leadership opportunities for young Indigenous Australians across the nation. Many of our Indigenous students are supported at Immanuel College through the following initiatives:
Indigenous Focus Teacher and an Indigenous Education Worker
These key personnel support students to achieve the best educational outcomes whilst monitoring the well-being of the students.
Indigenous Student Council Meetings
These meetings are an avenue for students to discuss upcoming events, issues or concerns and for peer support.
The College operates a homework centre for the Indigenous students with qualified tutors to support the students with their study.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in Indigenous Education programs such as:
Career Pathways and Vocational Education Program
Enables Indigenous students to receive support to plan vocational and education pathways and gives them an opportunity to develop a network with other Indigenous students from other Independent Schools.
Young Indigenous Entrepreneur Program
This program aims to foster entrepreneurial skills and cultural understanding in a business context.
Rostrevor Indigenous Sports Academy
Certificate II in Sport and Recreation – students can receive this nationally recognised qualification in sport by successfully completing the course run by Che Cockatoo-Collins. Students gain a diverse range of skills and experience relevant to careers in the sport and recreation industry.
“Dare To Lead” Program
Leadership program for Indigenous students.