Aboriginal Education – FTD, Clontarf, Deadly Sista Girlz, AIEO

The Aboriginal Education Team (AET) consists of five parties (detailed below) working collaboratively to provide pastoral care and educational programs to suite the students’ needs. Together these programs exist to improve the social, emotional and educational outcomes for Indigenous students, progressing the Closing the Gap target for education.



Katanning Senior High School is able to offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity to participate in the Follow the Dream Program (FTD).

The program offers various methods of educational support to students aspiring to move on to full time employment, traineeships or apprenticeships, TAFE and/or University after their time at High School. The program runs a learning centre three afternoons a week from 3.10pm to 4.30pm where participants can receive tuition, career counselling, pastoral care and establish strong study habits.

Participation in the program gives students the opportunity to visit Universities and Institutes of Technology and attended career expos and cultural activities. These activities are designed to familiarise students with post schooling options, meet with other likeminded students and to build their knowledge of the range of opportunities that higher education can provide.

The Follow the Dream Coordinator may be contacted for further information.



The role of the Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO) is to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This may include supporting students in the areas of academic achievement, participation, attendance, career pathways and parent/guardian visits. This staff member liaises between the teaching staff and families and works to resolve areas of concern and provide culturally appropriate support.



The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.

The Katanning Clontarf Academy commenced their partnership with Katanning Senior High School in August 2011. Any indigenous boy enrolled at the school is eligible to join the Academy.

The Academy focuses on six pillars of achievement – Education, Sport, Leadership, Wellbeing, Employment and Community. Full time Clontarf staff mentor, coach, support and motivate academy students to improve attendance, retention, Year 12 graduation/completion and employment outcomes.

A number of activities are conducted within and outside of school to engage the students including various sports, excursions, camps and volunteer work.




The Deadly Sista Girlz program, provided by the Wirrpanda Foundation, exists to improve the life outcomes of Aboriginal girls by promoting strong role models and healthy life choices. It aims to empower young women by offering a safe, stable and trusting environment in which they can discuss current and personal issues and receive guidance from positive Aboriginal female role models. Each girl has the opportunity to be personally mentored throughout the program, which addresses issues of self-esteem, healthy relationships, sexual and women’s health, drug and alcohol abuse, healthy lifestyles and future directions and opportunities. All Indigenous girls enrolled at the school are eligible for the program.