Campbell High School

An ACT Public School


The Warrumbul Centre

The Warrumbul Centre for Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

Campbell High School acknowledges the richness and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia and in our school.  We are situated on Ngunnawal Country, nestled at the base of Mt Ainslie, an important Women’s Site for the Ngunnawal People.

Our Warrumbul Centre is a learning hub for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and seeks to develop every child as a learner and contributor to our community.

Please contact us if you would like to know more about our programs.

The Model for the Program

Based on a model of respect and cultural integrity, this centre challenges our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to achieve their best, aspire for excellence, and connect with each other and the Canberra community. Our students become leaders and role models in the community and access pathways to further education and employment after school.

Learning includes yarning circles, outdoor activities connecting with the land, hands-on and art-based activities as well as intensive literacy and numeracy practice.  This is supported in the research as best practice in education and is outlined as part of an Aboriginal pedagogy described by Tyson Yunkaporta and developed by Central Western NSW Schools called “8 ways learning”.

Curriculum

Students are challenged to participate in project-based learning, including field trips to relevant community sites or organisations and ultimately, connection to a mentor in their field of interest within the Canberra community.

For junior students, the emphasis is be on “learning how to learn”, with explicit teaching of the skills that make a good learner. This includes:

  • Intensive literacy and numeracy development
  • Research skills
  • Planning and time management skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Personal development: how to communicate effectively, reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and ask for help.

For senior students, their personal project combines a personal interest or passion with work experience and/or community service in order to prepare them for pathways after school. The focus is on:

  • Preparation for college
  • Work skills – resume building, interview skills, communication
  • Industry experience in their field of interest
  • Extending the skills outlined for junior students: literacy and numeracy development, research, planning and time management, presentation skills and personal development.

Students present their work to family and friends in regular learning journeys.

Australian Curriculum

Every research project will cover the skills outlined in:

  • Australian Curriculum: English
  • Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences (SoSE)
  • Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
  • Australian Curriculum: Science

Explicit teaching blocks for English, Maths, Science and SoSE cover the remaining content in these learning areas.

Core program

Students who access the full-time program will attend the centre in place of their English, SoSE, Maths, Science and Languages classes.  Additional literacy support may replace Japanese/French.

Students leave the centre and return to their regular science, elective and PE classes.

Part-time program

Students may require assistance in 1-2 classes only. They can access the centre at set negotiated times throughout the week for tutoring.

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