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Indigenous education

Norta Norta Program

Kelso High School is actively involved in implementing the Norta Norta program in its schooling environment. The Norta Norta program aims to improve the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students in the key areas of literacy and numeracy through providing individually tailored learning assistance.

Norta Norta consists of two different components being the NAPLAN component and the Individual Sponsorship component.

The NAPLAN component of the program is based on Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN data and is allocated to ATSI students who identify as being at or below the national minimum standards of the NAPLAN assessment. Kelso High Campus implements this program through Tutors providing in class learning assistance, establishing an independent learning hub and establishing leadership and mentoring programs in conjunction with the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG).

The Individual Sponsorship component of the program is specifically aimed at providing assistance to ATSI students in their senior studies. Kelso High Campus implements this program by providing Tutoring support for senior students to enhance their engagement and improve their academic achievement in subjects of their choosing.

Girri Girri Sports Academy

Denison College of Secondary Education, Kelso High Campus runs Girri Girri Sports Academy on Thursdays within the school. The Girri Girri Sports Academy Program aims to improve attendance rates, increase retention rates and provide opportunities to improve literacy and numeracy skills for ATSI students. The program is available to ATSI students from Years 8-10 with separate junior and senior classes each focusing on developing individual talents, strengths and interests of every academy member.

The program uses sport and recreation as an incentive for ATSI students to aim towards improving their attendance, application and behaviour within the school environment. To conclude each year students are given the opportunity to attend the annual Girri Girri camp that involves a multitude of schools around the central west that also have their own Girri Girri academies.


In 2014 Kelso High Campus ran SistaSpeak over term 4 in conjunction with Kelso Public School. The SistaSpeak program is an ATSI girls’ well-being program designed to run in partnership with the local community. The program provides a wide variety of activities that aim at improving their self-esteem, understanding of career options, finance and the ability to make positive life choices.

Last year it was run with Year 6 and Year 7 students at Kelso Public School encouraging the development of friendships and connections for students who are soon to move into the secondary education environment. The program concluded with a large celebration that thanked all staff and community members for their participation but also to recognise the progress and achievements made by the young women involved.

Junior AECG

Kelso High Campus is actively involved with the local Bathurst AECG which in turn enables students to be involved in the Junior AECG. The Junior AECG is a small meeting of ATSI students from various schools in the Bathurst region, both Primary and Secondary. Students involved learn about the way in which a committee works and bring up their own initiatives and ideas for them to work on as a council.

Dance Workshops

Throughout Term 3 students were involved in the Bangarra Dance Company Workshops with each gender having specific lessons learning cultural dances in each workshop. Female students from around the Bathurst area attended Bathurst High Campus to learn their particular dances, while the male students danced at Kelso High Campus. The program was very rewarding and is continuing in 2015.

NAIDOC Sports Day

On the 16th of September 2014 ATSI students from around the Bathurst area attended the Bathurst Sports Ground for the annual NAIDOC Sports Day. The Local AECG was responsible for organising the event with assistance from Headspace on the day. The day was split between two groups having Primary Schools in the morning and Secondary students in the afternoon. Students participated in Traditional Indigenous Games and learnt about mental health and the support services of Headspace at the same time.

Field of Dreams Program

On the 30th August 2014 Kelso High Campus had 5 students attend the Field of Dreams program at UWS in Sydney. The program gave students the opportunity to explore and investigate what was available for them in regards to tertiary education. They were also able to gain work experience in fields of work they thought they might be interested in. Students were able to get a hands-on experience of what life could be like at university and also the avenues they could take to get there. The experiences had by all students involved were unforgettable and we hope we can have a handful of students involved once more in 2015.