Indigenous Education

Close up section of the Indigenous mural within the infants area featuring the totem for Biripi Country the - shark. Artwork contains oranges, blues and blacks.

The Mid North Coast has a rich and continuous indigenous heritage. The Biripi people have lived in this region for many thousands of years. At MVAC our indigenous students are supported through the College’s involvement in the Australian Independent Schools (AIS) NSW Waratah Project.

Students performing traditional dance

Our Goals

MVAC are continuing to introduce initiatives under the guidance of The Waratah Project led by Australian Independent Schools NSW.

For more information regarding The Waratah Project please click here.

Our goals for indigenous education at MVAC are threefold:

  1. Students have improved literacy, numeracy, and other academic outcomes.
  2. Students have strengthened connection to and pride in their indigenous culture and heritage.
  3. Relationships between school, family and community are strengthened and culturally informed.

We have made great progress in all three target areas and are looking forward to strengthening links with the local community for the benefit of our indigenous students. The support of local elders and community members is greatly appreciated, and we have gained from the sharing of their wisdom. Our own students are participating in an MVAC indigenous dance group and we are continuing to find other avenues to develop pride in the heritage of our indigenous students.

Waratah Project logo containing all the initiatives of the program. Student wellbeing, future expectations, connection to culture, Literacy and numeracy, positive transition, improved academic and other outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Community, family, peers, staff, strengthened relationships, increased staff capacity, engaged and supportive leadership, integration of culture.