The Waratah Project

Improving Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students


The Waratah Project supports participating schools to develop and implement strategies that will improve the literacy, numeracy and other academic outcomes of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including initiatives to support student wellbeing and strengthen relationships with families and communities.

The Waratah Project builds on the impactful previous pilot project and involves 25 day and boarding schools from across metropolitan and regional areas.

Participating schools use an underpinning framework as a scaffold for community consultation and identification of priorities for their specific context. This Waratah Outcomes Framework  provides schools with a holistic approach to developing  a culturally safe and inclusive schooling environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the implementation of support structures focusing on the areas of: 

  • Improved academic and other outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Strengthened and culturally informed relationships between key stakeholders
  • Engaged, supportive and culturally competent school leadership and staff
  • Whole-of-school integration of Indigenous culture

The Waratah Framework

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Waratah Outcomes Framework and Indicator System Overview

Text version of the Waratah Framework
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Pilot Project External Evaluation Report

AISNSW Education News Feature Article

The Waratah Project School Case Studies

Barker College

Strengthened relationships and pride in Indigenous culture and heritage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: Yarn Up at Barker College

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Calrossy Anglican School

Improved literacy, numeracy, and other academic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Calrossy Anglican School

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Casino Christian School

Strengthened connection to and pride in Indigenous culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: Mural project at Casino Christian School

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Canberra Grammar School

Strengthened connection to and pride in Indigenous culture and heritage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Canberra Grammar School

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Casino High School

Staff have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to implement culturally responsive pedagogical practices: 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning at Casino High School

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Kinross Wolaroi School

Improved literacy, numeracy, and other academic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Kinross Wolaroi School

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Kempsey Adventist School

Pedagogy is changed to create learning experiences that engage students: Project Based Learning (PBL) at Kempsey Adventist School

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Macquarie Anglican Grammar School

Strengthened and culturally informed relationships between key stakeholders at Macquarie Anglican Grammar School: Aboriginal Education and Engagement role

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Knox Grammar School

Strengthened cultural identity and pride in Indigenous culture and heritage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Knox Grammar School

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Loreto Normanhurst

Indigenous culture and perspectives are acknowledged, valued, and integrated into curriculum and school life at Loreto Normanhurst: Community space and Art program

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Saint Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill

Students experience a successful transition from school to further education and employment: Post-School Program at Saint Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill

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Pymble Ladies’ College

School Leadership are engaged, supportive and committed to improving outcomes for Indigenous students: Pymble Ladies’ College

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Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview

Improved literacy and numeracy outcomes for First Nations students at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview: Targeted literacy and numeracy intervention programs

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The Scots College

Supporting a positive and successful transition into school and the boarding environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at The Scots College

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Shore

Improved educational, cultural, and emotional support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Shore: Student Support Counsellor role and Koori Club

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Taree Christian School

Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ literacy, numeracy, and other academic outcomes at Taree Christian School

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Project Focus Areas - School Vignettes

The Waratah Framework includes 10 outcome areas, ranging from understanding and supporting the individual student through to engagement of school leadership in driving whole school change.

The following clips provide a range of insights and learnings from our schools covering the journey and impact of The Waratah Project, not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, but also for staff, students and the wider school community.

Participating School Network

Waratah Pilot Project: Improving Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

The Waratah Project builds on the Improving Outcomes project which began in 2016 as a 2-year pilot program. AISNSW invited four schools to identify strategies to improve the academic outcomes of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students.
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