Beginning Boarding – Fact Sheet 5


The NT Transition Support Unit (TSU) produced five Fact Sheets in relation to boarding for Aboriginal students from the NT.

The Fact Sheets outline the ways in which the TSU supports students and their families to “get ready” for boarding, aligning the 4As in a student’s control, Attendance, Attitude, Awareness and Achievement, utilising criteria boarding schools frequently apply to student selection.

Richard Stewart, QLD Transition Support Service – IEBA video interview

Richard talks about his work with the QLD Dept of Education Transition Support Service, which works to support the engagement of young people from remote Indigenous communities with their boarding schools and residential facilities. There is a focus on preparing young people to make the transition to boarding and to stay at school.

Donna and Troy, Catholic Education WA – IEBA video interview

Troy Hayter and Donna Shillingford discuss the Catholic Education WA Transition Service Unit, which supports community schools and boarding schools across WA. The Unit supports students and families from remote communities transitioning into boarding, as well as assisting with post-school pathways.

Cecily and Tameka, NPY Women’s Council – IEBA video interview

Cecily and Tamika are Boarding School Education Officers in the Youth team at the NPY Women’s Council in Alice Springs. They talk about their work with young Indigenous students from communities, the support they provide and the Rec shed engagement activities that build relationships.

Darryl’s journey: IEBA video interview

Darryl, an Indigenous student from Ceduna in SA, has been a boarder at Immanuel College in Adelaide for 4 years. He shares his boarding experience and his advice for new Indigenous boarders. The Principal and the Director of Boarding talk about the school’s Orientation program and their commitment to the students.

Strategies for Remote Education Systems

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The Remote Education Systems research project, conducted between 2011 and 2016 focused on finding ways to improve outcomes for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

This report sets out what was achieved by the RES project and how, critically reflects on impact from the work and lists strategies for improvement.

Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Body Position Paper: Boarding Schools

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The QIECB, through this 2009 position paper, make recommendations in the areas of policy, culture and finance around boarding schools and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These include investigating the range of post-primary schooling options that might be considered viable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote Queensland communities.