Empowering First Nations people through education

Empowering First Nations people through education

Sep 2
Join a panel of practitioners and members from across the country to examine strategies to support Aboriginal children through primary and high school.
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Annie Carruthers, Pathways Manager, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School
Bronte Charles, GO Foundation Alumnus
Dr Gary Fry, Senior Lecturer & Postgraduate Supervisor, College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts, Charles Darwin University
Mark Heiss, Head of Scholarships, GO Foundation

Event Overview

Education is an integral ingredient in employment and financial security, physical and mental wellbeing, and individual and community resilience.

In 2018, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority stated “the attendance rate for Indigenous Australian students was 82 per cent, compared with 93 percent for non-Indigenous Australian students”.

So how do we keep our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids in school and help them to thrive? How do we help schools support these children and provide culturally aware and inclusive experiences?

Join CEDA to explore:
  • successful mentoring and scholarship programs for urban and remote students;
  • the impacts of these programs on students, their families and their communities; and
  • strategies for ensuring the next wave of teachers are teaching for inclusion.
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 11.00am
WA: 9.30am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the speakers

Annie Carruthers
Pathways Manager, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School

Annie joined MITS in March 2018, as the inaugural Pathways Manager and currently oversees the wellbeing, academic and career pathways support of MITS Alumni. Her role involves regular consultation with partner schools, host families and community family. In a former life Annie was a speech pathologist and worked for 30 years in various education and health settings, advocating for and supporting students with additional learning and communication needs.

Bronte Charles
GO Foundation Alumnus

Bronte is a Bundjalung woman who has grown up all over the place (including on country, in Beaudesert) but calls Redfern home. After graduating Pymble Ladies College in 2018 with support from the GO Foundation, she is now the first in her family to study at university. She is studying a Bachelor of Marketing and Media at Macquarie University where she lives on campus. Bronte hopes to use her degree to increase Indigenous representation in mainstream media and give minority groups a voice. She is currently working at Macquarie Uni as a tutor for first year Indigenous students. Through this role, she hopes to help there be as many Indigenous students at university as possible.

Dr Gary Fry
Senior Lecturer & Postgraduate Supervisor, College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts, Charles Darwin University

Gary is a proud Dagoman man from Katherine, in the Northern Territory. Gary worked initially in the VET industry as a qualified electrician during the 1980’s, prior to later qualifying as a primary school teacher in late 1989. He has taught and been principal in four remote Aboriginal schools across the NT over a decade and has spent an equal amount of time at senior leadership and executive principal levels in urban mainstream schools in Darwin. In recent years Gary has undertaken senior executive level roles at Charles Darwin University, including Director of the Centre for School Leadership, where he was responsible for school leadership training across the Northern Territory government education sector.

Mark Heiss
Head of Scholarships, GO Foundation

Mark is Wirajudri man, born and raised in Gadigal land in Sydney. He has 17 years’ experience working in education as a teacher, Year Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Teaching and Learning. Mark is passionate about education and physical activity for young people; a perfect fit for his role as Head of Scholarships at the GO Foundation. Mark is strong on giving the pastoral care and support needed to engage GO students in their learning and in their identity.

Meet the facilitator

Carolyn Grantskalns
Chief Executive, Association of Independent Schools of South Australia

An experienced educational leader, Carolyn began her teaching career in what was then known as the Education Department of South Australia moving to the independent sector in 1988. In 1990, Carolyn was appointed Principal of Wilderness School, a position she held until 2006. During that time, Carolyn was variously Chair of the Industrial Relations Committee of AISSA, President of AISSA, and a member of the Boards of a tertiary residential college, St Ann’s, the teacher credit union then known as SATISFAC and the National Council of Independent Schools of Australia. In 2006, Carolyn was appointed Principal of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon, Victoria. In addition to that role, Carolyn also held the positions of Chair of the Victorian branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) and membership of the AHISA Board, Treasurer of Girls Sport Victoria and board member of the Centre for Strategic Education. Carolyn was appointed to her current role in 2013.

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