Our Noongar Kids in School program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy and has been running since August 2015. From that time, we have been making a difference to education outcomes at two large local schools in Albany.
Our dedicated staff members focus on assisting Indigenous students who have low levels of engagement and attendance at school.
Some of the work we do is:
- Visiting families at home when they need somebody independent to help them;
- Employing mentors to assist families and children in and out of school;
- Assisting with the completion of school forms;
- Helping parents talk with schools about their children and to understand how to gain access to information about their child's progress;
- Assisting parents and students to attend school events;
- Helping students and families prepare for the move from primary school to high school and to support them through this process.
Recently the Noongar Kids in School project has launched a uniform exchange program to assist families with kitting their kids out with uniforms. We take donated uniforms, put them in good order and keep a stock item list for families to access.
Parents needing help to prepare their kids for a new enrolment at school in Albany or who are finding it hard to afford school uniform essentials can contact us on 9842 9399 to discuss their needs.
Stitch & Gather
This group event is part of the support we offer to grandparents are carers of Indigenous students. Locals have the opportunity to gather in our group work room to spend time sewing and chatting and working on things like uniform repairs, costumes for kids, pencil cases, aprons for school cooking and much more …This has been a great outlet for our community to come and have a yarn and have access to machines and equipment to support their kids in their education.