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Social Justice with Jarjum College

From the Assistant Director of Identity & Student Formation, Richard Bryant

Over the last few weeks, our students had the opportunity to visit Redfern Jarjum College, which helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to return to mainstream schooling. During the visit our students were able to spend some one-on-one time with students at Jarjum, listening to their creative writing and assisting them with some reading and maths tasks.

“We have enjoyed the time at Jarjum, meeting the teachers and students. It is obvious that the students attending Jarjum are keen to learn. We listen to them read or read to them, we help them with maths and play with the students during breaks.”

Matt, Deputy Principal and Tom, Principal, are always welcoming and happy to share stories of their days work at Jarjum. When we hear of the social and developmental hurdles the students have to jump through just to get to school, let alone engage in teaching and learning, we can’t help but feel how lucky we are.

Visiting Jarjum for Waverley College’s First Nations students means that we can provide an example of where they could be in just a few years’ time. It gives us a chance to model education and show how important it is for your future to remain in school.
We are looking forward to developing the connection between Waverley and Jarjum and hope one day they might come and spend the day with us at Waverley.