Our program is integral to the assimilation of Aboriginal students into Trinity College life and the wider community.
It is headed by an Aboriginal Education Co-ordinator/Teacher and an Assistant, creating a strong pastoral focus for the boys’ education.
Trinity College is very proud of its Aboriginal Program which was established in 1966 and has received the accolades of being awarded Best Aboriginal Program in a Catholic School and in 2011 received an award for the Best Male Aboriginal student in a Catholic School.
Over 40 Aboriginal students are enrolled at Trinity, some of these students are awarded AIEF / BHP scholarships and MADALAH (Making a Difference and Looking Ahead) IYLP scholarships. Although funded by the College the program is also actively supported by many corporate sponsors.
Students are also supported by programs with Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). Click here to find out more.
Students attend homework classes on Monday and Tuesday afternoons where they are tutored by teachers at Trinity College. This is very effective both for students and teachers, building a rapport between them. Also it has a powerful impact on learning while greatly assisting students with one on one support to complete homework and assignments.
The students are supported and guided in every aspect of the College, some student’s complete traineeships whilst at Trinity and all students graduate with a WACE certificate.
Aboriginal students also have the opportunity to participate in groups that celebrate their culture and heritage. There are two Aboriginal music groups at Trinity: The Didge Boys is a group specialising in playing the didgeridoo and Cajon drum, and Diversity is a group made up of four students who write and perform their own music. Both groups are in high demand to participate at internal and external events. Click below to watch a video of Diversity performing their original song “Free”.
Also in demand are our Aboriginal students who perform in the Trinity College Aboriginal Dance Group. With original choreography created and performed by students, this dance troupe creates outstanding productions fusing Aboriginal culture with contemporary dance. Both Trinity College Aboriginal Dance Group and The Didge Boys perform each year at our NAIDOC Assembly which is one of the highlights of the Trinity calendar.
In 2012 the Karrik Bursary for Aboriginal Students was established by the Trinity College Foundation. If you would like more information about this Bursary please contact the Bursar, Mr Michael Burgess on 9223 8126.