Primary school for Aborigines only6 February 2013
An all-Aboriginal urban school, the only one in Australia, is set to open next week. Redfern Jarjum College in Sydney has been established by the Jesuits' St Aloysius College in Sydney with support from the Archdiocese of Sydney. The primary school's curriculum will combine mainstream studies in a Catholic setting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural content.
The school's first principal is Mrs Beatrice Sheen, whose ancestors are Indigenous and Irish.
St Aloysius' College Rector, Fr Peter Hosking, told the Jesuit's Province Express that the school's mission was to educate urban Aboriginal children who were not participating or coping well in conventional schools. He said that in 2011 about 50 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students completed Year 12, compared with about 80 per cent for non-Indigenous students.
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