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Indigenous programs

Bowen State High School is continuing to develop Indigenous education programs through the Community Education Counsellor and the Indigenous Mentoring Program.

The Indigenous Mentor Program supports students with classroom support, attendance and individual mentoring in Bibagoo Yumba; the meeting place. The mentoring program was set up to support the Federal Governments Close the Gap initiative of addressing the gap between the educational outcomes, attendance and retention rates of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at the BSHS. BSHS’s CEC ensures that the cultural, educational, emotional and social needs of Indigenous students are met. The CEC’s core aim is to develop and implement additional activities and programs that contribute to improving the educational outcomes of Indigenous students.The programs that are organised are supported by the students designing and implementing activities to promote Reconciliation Week, Harmony Day, Sorry Day, NAIDOC and other cultural activities at the school to support cultural awareness.Annually, BSHS Indigenous Education programs organises a cultural camp where Indigenous and non-Indigenous students share the experiences of Indigenous cultures. The camp encourages leadership, team building skills and cultural inclusivity.

The Independent Learning Centre provides opportunities for Indigenous students through the Apprenticeship Readiness Program. The program consists of work experience and career pathway tours. In particular, we have an Indigenous only program in partnership with Aurizon that provides Indigenous students with an environment where the students  can gain confidence whilst gaining on the job experience and skills to make the connection between school and industry. This puts a perspective on the importance of school attendance and assists with closing the gap. The RAAF  base in Townsville offered an Indigenous only camp of which two of our senior students applied and attended. School based traineeships and school baesd apprenticeships are provided through opportunities that arise within the community and ongoing partnerships between industry and Bowen State High School. Our school also provides career pathway tours and work experience to continue to support students in their transition from school to work. All students have opportunities in Year 11 and 12 to complete certificate courses at TAFE including engineering, automotive, tourism hospitality and electrical.