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WII GAAY CLEVER CHILD A SUCCESS STORY. Rick Johnston, Diocesan Director of Catholic Schools Sharon Cooke, Aboriginal Education Consultant Cate Taylor, Wii Gaay Co-ordinator. Kevin Rudds Sorry Speech, February 13, 2008 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • WII GAAY CLEVER CHILD A SUCCESS STORYRick Johnston, Diocesan Director of Catholic SchoolsSharon Cooke, Aboriginal Education ConsultantCate Taylor, Wii Gaay Co-ordinator

  • Kevin Rudds Sorry Speech, February 13, 2008

    But the core of this partnership for the future is to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians on life expectancy, educational achievement and employment opportunities.

    This new partnership on closing the gap will set concrete targets for the future: within a decade to halve the widening gap in literacy, numeracy and employment outcomes and opportunities for indigenous Australians, within a decade to halve the appalling gap in infant mortality rates between indigenous and non-indigenous children and, within a generation, to close the equally appalling 17-year life gap between indigenous and non-indigenous in overall life expectancy.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Source:ABS 2006 Census of Population and HousingOne-quarter of people identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are under the age of 10.This is double the proportion of the non-ATSI population.13% of the non-ATSI population are aged 65 or over. By comparison, only 3% of the ATSI population are aged 65.

  • The Gap - Child HealthAboriginal children under the age of five are three times more likely to die compared to non-Aboriginal children.

    Aboriginal mothers are twice as likely to have a low birth weight as non-Aboriginal mothers.

    Aboriginal teenagers are five times more likely to give birth than non-Aboriginal teenagers.

    Aboriginal children aged under five suffering nutritional anaemia and malnutrition are at 30 times the rate of non-Aboriginal children (3.6 per 1,000 children compared to 0.1 per 1,000 children).Source:Save The Children, Newborn and Child Survival in Australia, 2009

  • The Gap - Incarceration RatesAlmost one-quarter (24%) of the total prison population are Aboriginal people

    Aboriginal people are 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Aboriginal people

    27% of Aboriginal people in prison in Australia are aged under 25 (17% for non-Aboriginal people

    Aboriginal people aged under 18 are 17 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Aboriginal people under 18

    4.5% of non-Aboriginal prisoners are serving periodic detention (in custody 2 days per week and remain at liberty the rest of the week (NSW and ACT only). By comparison, only 1.4% of Aboriginal prisoners are serving periodic detention.Source:ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2008

  • The Gap Educational Qualifications, Employment and HousingSource:ABS 2006 Census of Population and Housing

    EducationAboriginalNon-AboriginalCompleted Year 1222%47%Post-Graduate Degrees2%7%Bachelor Degrees or Higher18%40%Certificate Qualifications66%42%For 15-24 year olds - Bachelor Degrees7%29%For 15-24 year olds - Certificate Qualifications86%66%

    EmploymentAboriginalNon-AboriginalUnemployment Rate16%5%% of population over 15 employed43%61%Employed in private sector74%85%CDEP participants14,155 people312 people

    HousingAboriginalNon-AboriginalHome ownership (own or mortgage)36%71%Renting63%28%NO internet access at home57%36%

  • The Gap - Student Performance: NAPLAN 2008Source:NAPLAN, 2008

    Students Below National Minimum Standard

    % of Students Below National Minimum StandardIndigenousNon-IndigenousYear 3Reading305Writing192Spelling295Grammar and Punctuation335Numeracy192Year 5Reading356Writing295Spelling296Grammar and Punctuation345Numeracy295Year 7Reading273Writing316Spelling275Grammar and Punctuation366Numeracy203Year 9Reading285Writing3810Spelling308Grammar and Punctuation388Numeracy264

  • The Gap - Student Performance: NAPLAN 2008Source:NAPLAN, 2008

    Students achieving highest band or above

    % of Students achieving highest band or aboveIndigenousNon-IndigenousYear 3Reading318Writing418Spelling316Grammar and Punctuation320Numeracy213Year 5Reading110Writing19Spelling28Grammar and Punctuation214Numeracy17Year 7Reading18Writing19Spelling28Grammar and Punctuation17Numeracy212Year 9Reading16Writing18Spelling16Grammar and Punctuation05Numeracy18

  • Australian Bench Marks 2006 in NumeracySource: Professor John Pegg, The National Centre of Science, ICT, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional (SiMERR) Australia, University of New England, Armidale.The Gap Geographic Regions of Australia


    YearsMetropolitanProvincialRemoteVery Remote

    All studentsIndigenousAll studentsIndigenousAll studentsIndigenousAll studentsIndigenous

    Year 393.6 (1.2)79.8 (4.7)92.7 (1.6)82.7 (4.5)85.6 (3.8)64.6 (8.6)67.2 (5.5)50.2 (7.5)

    Year 591.3 (1.2)73.7 (4.4)89.5 (1.6)70.2 (4.7)78.6 (4.0)48.6 (8.2)53.4 (5.3)28.6 (5.7)

    Year 781.1 (1.1)53.9 (1.1)77.4 (1.4)49.4 (4.3)71.7 (3.6)35.4 (7.5)47.1 (5.3)20.2 (4.9)



  • Armidale Diocese had 179,000 people at 2006 Census, of which 15,600 (9%) identified as Aboriginal

  • Education Programs for the Support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students in the Diocese of ArmidaleBounce Back Murdi Paaki Resilience Program

    Count Me In Too (Numeracy Program) 2001 2008

    Employment of Aboriginal Education Assistants

    Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay Language Program, Walgett

    Lets Talk Rural Immersion

    Numeracy Backpack School to Home Program 2008

    Otitis Media (Glue Ear) Sound Field Amplification System

    Warramalaya (Stand Together), Years 8 -12 Program

    Wii Gaay (Clever Child) 2002 2008 and Ngali Dhiirrali 1998 1999

  • Primary ATSI Students Enrolled in Catholic Schools Diocese of Armidale 1998 2008

  • Secondary ATSI Students Enrolled in Catholic Schools Diocese of Armidale 1998 - 2008

  • 13 trained DAGS working across key designated areas i.e. Walgett, Moree, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Tamworth, Armidale

    Of the 13 trained DAGS 5 are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

    Pre-test carried out by DAG with no negative connection to children

    Some children self identify score highly in the RAVENS Matrices

    Intervention run by DAG with emotional links/rapport with that school community

    Post test students who have not self-identified

    Selection process students 80 percentile and above +++ Assessment and Identification

  • Teacher Inservice - Parent home/school visits AEW Inservice Primary/Secondary DVD Professional Development for new teachers Wii Gaay Co-ordinator visit schools/parents/community Aboriginal Education Consultant visit schools/parents/community Teachers attending Residential SchoolsProfessional Development

  • Wii Gaay Residential Schools

    Yearly - Two x four days



    Literacy / Numeracy /I.T. / Cultural / RE-Spiritual

  • Who Attends


    Parents, Grandparents


    Classroom Teachers

    Community members

    CSO leadership members

    ACU students




  • In Between Residential Schools

    Weekly emailingOnline MentoringSchool Visits Stories

    Parents - expectations, sibling/ wider family rippling effect Georgina and others staying connected Venues observations, positive comments