Seymour College, Adelaide offers AIEF Scholarships for boarding students.
At Seymour College, we are pleased to facilitate educational opportunities for young Indigenous Australians in partnership with AIEF. In my first year as College Principal, I have witnessed the positive impact these incredible students have had on our wider community.
The official launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during Reconciliation Week 2021 has been a personal highlight. Our RAP vision is to honour reconciliation for each member of our community. By prioritising an understanding of the unique and vital histories, cultures and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s past and present, we can advocate for a unified future. As part of our focus on holistic wellbeing, we aim to support every girl to engage with truth, justice and healing through reconciliation. We seek to develop and nurture women of strength, optimism and justice who acknowledge the wrongs of the past and who value working towards an equitable future in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage plays a key part in a shared national identity.
As a collective, the RAP committee (members of our college community including a Board representative, AIEF students, student leaders, parents, staff and AISSA) worked collaboratively to bring our Reconciliation Action Plan to fruition.
This plan, two years in development, provides us with a set of clear objectives, allowing us to move forward and make a difference in the lives and communities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. To see the girls immerse themselves in this process, and to share their culture and views with the group, was certainly inspiring and an important experience for them.
Sharing and celebrating our statement of commitment to reconciliation with our community was a powerful moment. As we gathered to commemorate the start of National Reconciliation Week, we heard from members of our College community including Aboriginal Elder and Seymour parent, Uncle John Lochowiak who also conducted a Smoking Ceremony. The speakers emphasised the importance of Reconciliation, the significance of being located on Kaurna Land and the launch of our RAP.
Our AIEF students continue to achieve and inspire our College community, and we were delighted to hear that Kirrah (Year 12) was announced as recipient of the Kambri Scholarship at ANU. Watching Kirrah, and our other AIEF students realise their own capabilities and achievements has been joyous for our teaching and support staff.
I believe that the partnership with AIEF and Seymour, fosters a love of learning and ambition for achievement that students will carry well beyond their time as Seymour College students. We equip our students with the knowledge, courage, and confidence to continue to learn and grow as women of strength, optimism, and justice.
Thank you to the AIEF Team for their engagement with our students and teachers, and I look forward to welcoming new and returning AIEF students to Seymour College in 2022.
In 2021, AIEF Scholarship Students at Seymour College, Adelaide were spread across Years 7 to 12.
In 2021, the 10 Indigenous students enrolled at Seymour College, Adelaide were representative of 1.7% of the total population of 587 students.
In 2021, AIEF Supported nine students at Seymour College, Adelaide.
In 2021, the retention and Year 12 completion rate at Seymour College, Adelaide was 100%.
Note: Attrition rates do not imply underperformance as students may leave a school for a variety of reasons including changes in personal circumstances such as family relocation interstate, personal or family health issues, or moving to a school that is more suited to the needs of the student.