Indigenous Education Program

The St Patrick’s College’s Indigenous Education Program (IEP) continues to provide local, regional and interstate Indigenous students with positive educational, social and vocational outcomes in line with the explicit aims of the eight MCEETYA (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs) guidelines:

  • Improvement of Literacy outcomes for Indigenous students.
  • Improvement of Numeracy outcomes for Indigenous students.
  • Strategies to increase the involvement of Indigenous parents and community members in education.
  • Strategies to increase Indigenous enrolments.
  • Improvement of educational outcomes for Indigenous students – retention, completion, attendance and progression rates.
  • Expanding employment and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Ensuring appropriate professional development of staff involved in Indigenous education.
  • Developing and extending culturally inclusive curriculum.

The College continues to develop educational and vocational pathways for Indigenous students, whilst also ensuring that students are fully embraced by the College and immersed within the rich traditions of St Patrick’s College, Ballarat.

The College acknowledges that it educates boys in partnership with their home communities and so honours and acknowledges the cultural and social context of Indigenous students.The College’s commitment to Indigenous education is central to its mission as a Catholic school for boys in the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice.

The introduction of targeted programmes for Indigenous students has been complemented by the appointment of staff to clearly articulated roles. This has greatly increased the level of support provided to students, both in and outside of the classroom, and has played an important role in student retention and educational achievement.

The College is continuing to refine and expand its programmes to better accommodate the needs of students and to redress the significant imbalance in educational outcomes for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians.

Indigenous Youth Leadership Project (IYLP)

This initiative is funded by the Australian Government

The IYLP offers scholarships and leadership opportunities to young Indigenous Australians, with a focus on youth from remote and regional communities with funding support through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

In addition to helping Indigenous students achieve their educational aspirations, the IYLP supports the development of positive role models and leaders to inspire other Indigenous students.

  • The Smith Family, in conjunction with St Patrick’s College, invites applications for 2018 boarding.
  • Places are open to students entering Years 8-12 in 2018.
  • Applications are sent directly to The Smith Family where they will be short-listed for further consideration.
  • If successful in the next stage of the application process a face-to-face interview will be held at St Patrick’s College and with the IYLP Manager.
  • Information, applications, criteria and other forms are available from The Smith Family from March, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact the IYLP Manager by email or telephone on (08) 8224 1402.