Aboriginal Initiatives

AIME provides a dynamic educational Program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous kids finishing school. AIME also connects students with post school opportunities, including further education and employment. 

Clare Clayton is our Pathways Coordinator for Aboriginal Education at Kent Street Senior High School. Clare has been in this role since November 2010. Clare is a qualified Social Worker and has extensive experience in Educational Social Work in Western Australia and London. Clare is currently studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Education at Edith Cowan University. 
 
The role of the Pathways Coordinator is to ensure that all Aboriginal students have access to a culturally safe and supportive learning environment through the provision of a comprehensive Aboriginal Engagement Program within the school. Clare is very passionate about improving the educational outcomes and well-being of Aboriginal young people, supporting them to become confident, resilient and successful lifelong learners and strong community role models and leaders. Clare has built strong relationships with Aboriginal students and works closely with families to ensure Aboriginal student's are engaged, connected and well equipped with the skills to excel in their educational pursuits whilst developing their social and emotional well-being through individual and targeted group programs in partnership with external agencies. Clare also provides intensive support to at-risk Aboriginal students to ensure they are supported to re-engage in their educational journey and reach their full potential. 
Our Aboriginal students are active participants in many academic enrichment programs including the Tertiary Aspiration Initiative, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience at Curtin University and the Follow the Dream Partnerships for Success program, all of which aim to support Aboriginal students to realise their potential during school, University and beyond. Strong links have been established with local industry partners who provide invaluable support to our students including scholarships, site visits, mentoring and Aboriginal School Based Traineeships and relationships with local Universities ensure our students have access to real post school options and career pathways.  The Pathways Coordinator ensures Aboriginal culture is acknowledged and celebrated within the whole school community and families are always welcome and encouraged to come to Kent Street to meet with Clare.   

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