Cabramatta High School’s community innovations

Cabramatta High School’s community innovations


(BRIGHT MUSIC) Cabramatta High School
has 1,506 students. We have 95% non-English-speaking
background. Our needs for the students stem from arriving in Australia and
needing to learn about the community, to enhancing their English, to developing goals
and having aspirations. So today we’ll have a look
at STARTTS, which is an organisation that looks after refugee families
and trauma-based families. My name is Edielson, well known as Mestre Roxinho. The program is using Capoeira Angola as a psychosocial education
and resilience tools to engage young people to overcome
trauma and behavioural problems. Capoeira Angola is about inclusion,
connection, empowerment. So, on a more…larger scale, we would have a program, such as
the GOALS setting program for Year 9, where the Australian Business
Community Network have engaged with the school. So the students that participate in our programs have the great advantage of having a corporate mentor. So, what that means is that they’ve got someone
who they can speak to who’s not a teacher and not a parent but someone who can give them
some advice on what it’s like to be
in the corporate environment and what it’s like to work
and what you actually do at work. What we’ve found is that
over 90% of those students are currently engaged in full-time
education, employment or training. We also have other connections
with the local police, for example. Box with a Cop program was initiated by one of our senior
constables, Raffaelle Frisina, and that program now
runs for six to eight weeks, depending on how the kids are going. And they come out once a week and they’ll get involved in
a bit of exercise, some good mental fitness,
some physical fitness. A lot of the students
have come from countries where police probably weren’t
in a positive light. So what this program is is to try and build
that relationship between us and just let them see
that we are just normal people and that they can come to us for help and that we are here
as a part of the community rather than someone to be feared. BETH GODWIN:
Schools don’t operation in isolation. Schools are an integral part
of the community and the community’s an integral part
of the school. We’re preparing young people for
the world outside the school gates. To do so, we need to have an attitude
and an ethos that we connect. (BRIGHT MUSIC)

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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