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ABORIGINAL EDUCATION

ACEO (Aboriginal Community Education Officer:
Mrs Wendy Noble (Students call me Wendy)
 

Wendy works in this role on Tuesdays and Fridays

Hi, my name is Wendy. This year I was appointed as the Aboriginal Community Education Officer (ACEO) here at East Torrens Primary School. As an ACEO, my role is to support & work with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students, their families, communities & services within the school and broader community. I have worked as an ACEO for the past 10 years working across a number of sites.
 
I am descended from the Bunruong nation and am a proud Bunruong woman. The Bunurong nation are located in Victoria, spanning across the Mornington Peninsula all the way to Port Phillip Bay.
 
It has been a journey connecting with my Aboriginal culture, walking on country & learning of my ancestor Eliza who was stolen from Point Nepean.
 
I also sit on the Bunurong Land Council to fulfil my obligation within my large extended family but also acknowledge our Aunties, Uncles and Elders that hold the knowledge of our traditional ways. As I learn more about my culture, I am finding I am developing a deeper understanding of the stories that our families bring with them and the importance in taking the time to isten.
 
I look forward to being a part of the East Torrens Primary School Community!

 

Aboriginal Education Teacher:
      Mrs Trudy Piro (Students call me Mrs Piro)
 

Mrs Piro teaches in this role on Thursdays.

Hi, my name is Trudy Piro and I am the Aboriginal Education Teacher (AET) at East Torrens Primary School. I have been on staff here for over 10 years working in the Primary Special Class and have now been given the opportunity to work with another wonderful cohort of students at our school. You will find me working throughout the school each Thursday with our Aboriginal students supporting them with their Literacy and Numeracy.
 
Ultimately, we must all work together to encourage every Aboriginal student to be proud of their Aboriginal culture, heritage and identity. When young people are consistently and rigorously exposed to higher expectations with appropriate support, they are able to develop their personal resilience and confidence to be able to engage in the ‘productive struggle’ that leads to lifelong learning and successful results.
 
When Aboriginal students see their school valuing their culture, history and identity, they are best positioned to positively and confidently engage in and contribute to learning. However, feeling good about yourself is not enough. It is clear that site leaders, teachers, AETs, parents and the community play a significant role in shaping Aboriginal young people as powerful agents for their own learning and future.
“High expectations teaching and learning: The Aboriginal Education Teacher”, 2018
 
I enjoy supporting our students throughout the week both formally and informally and find great pleasure teaching them however I must say, I enjoy learning from our future Elders just as much; if not more!

 

 

 

    

 

 
Our Front Office glass cabinet display, created by M1 students showcasing their 'nature play' experiences also demonstrates the students' connection to the land through harvesting and cultivation of numerous Indigenous and introduced species of plants, including shrubs, ferns and flowers.  
 
Nature provides such a beautiful variety of multi-purpose materials. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders use what nature provides throughout the seasons for food and medicine and it also provides a wonderful array of tools for natural creative play for growing and inquisitive minds.
 
      
 
 
'A tasty lesson on Aboriginal foods. It's not always sweet!'
    
   
    
 
'Some of the East Torrens staff with their certificates for 'Working Together - Cultural Awareness' training.'