Oorala Aboriginal Centre’s Role – Outreach Activities
In 2014 the Oorala Aboriginal Centre worked with approximately 26 schools and communities to enhance community engagement and access to educational opportunities and services through ongoing contact with the Centre. The Centre’s outreach is firmly linked with its retention initiatives and Oorala’s outreach role also included:
- Involvement of Oorala’s Elder in Residence with Student Support staff and UNE’s School Liaison and Future Student teams on school visits to local schools to raise awareness of UNE, the UNE Open Day and the programs offered specifically for Aboriginal students, generating substantial
- Parent information sessions to build relationships with Aboriginal students and their families through local schools.
- School visits to Oorala and UNE during 2014 included: Boggabilla Central School, Mungindi Central School, Collarenebri Central School, Armidale High Clontarf Group, Oxley High School, Tamworth High School & Farrer High School.
- Information sessions at Oorala with current Aboriginal Education Officers (AEOs) who are located in local schools (Walcha to Guyra) to address the future educational needs of the schools' students and AEOs.
- Working with the HEPP funded Stellar Project (running in the Clarence River), providing information on Oorala’s support services and alternative entry programs.
- Promotion of scholarship opportunities on Oorala’s webpage and regular information sessions included in Oorala’s student support, retention activities, community outreach and programs.
- Representation by Oorala staff at local Public School Annual Award Presentations and sponsorship of school awards.