private schools offering Indigenous education

The students, who hail from places like Alice Springs, York, Swan Hill, Lake Tyers and Darwin, deal with homework, homesickness and varying degrees of being caught between two worlds.

Brogden appears in the documentary as a conduit between these two worlds, not only for the students, but also for the staff.

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Geelong Grammar’s first native school captain, Sunny, in Out of country.

In one scene, a teacher talks about feeling “quite confronted” when Brogden says some young teachers come to school with no knowledge of the Aboriginal massacres that have taken place in Australian history.

The school’s attempts to integrate Indigenous perspectives into its broader curriculum produce tense moments that are captured in the documentary: two Indigenous girls refuse to participate in a classroom performance of the national anthem, for example, a position that teachers readily accept.

Australia is committing significant funding for Indigenous scholarships: $200 million has been allocated for internships over the next four years in the 2019-20 federal budget.

This year, the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) – a dedicated boarding school for Grade 7 students in rural Victoria and remote NT – received $3.6 million to quadruple its capacity from 22 to 86 students. per year. This represents a significant increase in the number of places available in some of Melbourne’s best-resourced schools for children from some of Australia’s most remote areas.


Marnie O’Bryan, researcher at the Australian National University and author of the 2022 book, Embarkation and Australia’s First Peoplessays that while Indigenous successes in education are rightly celebrated, the stories of the many scholarship students who do not complete their studies are shamefully ignored.

While MITS celebrated its first two Year 12 graduates last year since it was first admitted in 2016, there were 20 other students from the 2016 cohort who left Melbourne’s private school system before completing their studies, whose situations are less known today.

“A lot of times these schools have a flawed view of these kids, whether they’re rescuing them from dysfunctional communities or something, but they never really get to grips with the fact that in reality these are really complex issues, which some involve us,” O says Bryan.


“Many of them involve us as educators, who need to understand where a young person is coming from before we can begin to meet their holistic educational needs.”

Elisabeth Lenders is the principal of Kingswood College in Box Hill, which accepts several girls each year on Aboriginal scholarships. The presence of the girls has enriched Kingswood students’ understanding of Indigenous Australia, she says, and compelled teachers to be more adaptable in their teaching methods.

Some of the girls moved on from Grade 12 into career paths, and others went home without completing Grade 12, but Lenders says “success means different things.”

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Ryan H. Bowman