Symposium update

The Symposium and Awards Presentation in Geelong are still going ahead despite recent events. The small number of delegates and the boutique nature of the venues are key factors. Up to 90 delegates will gather at the Geelong Conference Centre where they will be the only group to occupy the entire centre that is surrounded […]

Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard to Close the Education Gap

“If we are serious about closing the Indigenous education gap, we need to have a national Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard,” states Anthony Bennett, Chairperson of Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia (IEBA). For young Indigenous people living in regional and remote Australia there are few secondary education options other than becoming a boarding student in unfamiliar […]

Aboriginal Youth Voice to United Nations

A 12-year-old Australian boy has become the youngest person to speak at the United Nations, demanding Australia stop putting children as young as 10 in jail. Dujuan Hoosan asked delegates as people in positions of power to learn from his own story and to build support for Aboriginal-led education models that would help prevent youth […]

Resilience study

Findings from a research project developed in 2014 are available to download. Resilience strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in boarding schools and healthcare are some of the focus areas. The research project is a partnership between CQUniversity and the Department of Education Queensland’s Transition Support Services (TSS). The aim was to improve […]

Excellence in Indigenous Boarding Award

Congratulations to Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School for being awarded the ABSA-IEBA Excellence in Indigenous Boarding Award. The annual Award is a joint initiative of ABSA and IEBA. The Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School model is an excellent example of reconciliation in education through improving relations with and knowledge of Indigenous Australians on country. Check out their fantastic program […]

ABSTUDY Providing New Opportunities in Boarding

ABSTUDY workshops presented by Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia during May will help boarding schools collect extra revenue next year, better engage with parents and communities and benefit through new scholarships in 2020. The ABSTUDY Workshops were designed to help boarding school staff better understand the ABSTUDY system and the opportunities and benefits of the […]

How Strong Cultural Identity Can Lead to the Best Results

Roni Forrest, a Minang Ngadju woman from the south coast of Western Australia, coordinates Future Footprints, a program supporting rural and remote Indigenous boarding students. Roni and Aboriginal Liaison Officer Lisa Fieldhouse work together with communities, parents, schools, sponsors and other networks.  Roni, grew up as a ‘bush kid’ on the south coast of WA […]

Guildford Grammar School Wins Award for Exceptional Cultural Connection

Exceptional Cultural Connection by a Boarding School or Residence Sponsored by Aboriginal Hostels Limited Guildford Grammar School, WA Guildford Grammar School has developed a high expectations program to achieve personal excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students amongst a range of school-wide cultural programs. Since 2004, an Aboriginal Coordinator has been employed to increase […]

Lisa Fieldhouse and Roni Forrest win Exceptional Contribution to Indigenous Student Boarding

Exceptional Contribution to Indigenous Student Boarding Sponsored by Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia  Dual winners Lisa Fieldhouse, Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) – Future Footprints, WA. Lisa’s focus is on self-respect, respect for others and respect for value systems, but the most important for Lisa is relationships; relationships with students, family, community […]