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Bray Park wins National Award

21/08/2013
 
Bray Park State School is very proud to announce our selection as a school to receive a Dare to Lead Excellence in Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Award.  This is a  National award and there were only two other High Achievement recipients.
 
In 2008, our school approached the Moreton Bay Shire Council to invite the Local Indigenous community leaders into the school to begin the process of forming a partnership that would benefit both the school and the local community. At that time we had 29 Indigenous students attending our school and from this initial contact, The Bray Park Indigenous Advisory Committee was formed. Today the parents and caregivers from our Indigenous families are key members of this committee along with the Bunyabilla Elders and our Indigenous Liaison Officer.
 
School and Indigenous community engagement has seen our Indigenous enrolment rise to 70 in 2013, this being attributed to the active and positive promotion of our school by our Indigenous families. Likewise, attendance has improved and academic success and engagement of the students has been noted.
 
In 2013, Bray Park State School was identified as a Focus School. This year we have an Indigenous Focus Teacher working extensively and exclusively with the 70 Indigenous students in the areas of:
· Literacy and Numeracy
· Attendance
· Social Well-being
 
The school has aligned key documents  to ensure that our focus areas and fundamental goals remain a priority, that all staff have ownership for improvement and that there is a clear, consistent message around Indigenous education for school and community.
 
As a High Achievement recipient, our school will receive $5000 to use for enhancing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus. We will receive our award at a special ceremony on Tuesday 27th August.  For more details, view the following media release. 2013-8-Media Release - Bray Park State School awards for focus on Aboriginal education.pdf2013-8-Media Release - Bray Park State School awards for focus on Aboriginal education.pdf.