St Vincent’s College, Potts Point offers AIEF Scholarships for boarding students.
After the disruption of 2020, our year started with optimism that our AIEF students would be able to benefit from a full year of uninterrupted study, participation in a broad range of mentoring programs and the opportunities to learn, lead and share in the rich First Nations’ Culture. Unfortunately the pandemic returned in force in 2021 with the emergence of the Delta variant and a very long period of shutdown between June and the beginning of November. This brought a return to online learning, difficulties with interstate travel to and from boarding school, the modification of many planned activities and the cancellation of the planned First Nations’ Cultural Study Tour to Lake Mungo.
The interruptions were generally managed very well by our AIEF students who accessed their online learning with good and diligent attitudes, an agility that astounded me and the confidence with technology that is synonymous with their demographics.
It was a privilege to attend the online AIEF Graduation of our two HSC Candidates – Clare and Janda. I believe both students have made a lasting contribution to St Vincent’s College as they grew in their own cultural identity. Janda has been very instrumental in changing teacher perceptions and has significantly impacted on her Head of House who is now taking up further cultural studies. Clare has been a wonderful leader within the Boarding House and was the champion activist who designed the recognition plagues at the two entry points to the College.
Throughout 2021, Ms Jo Kenderes worked with the students to incorporate First Nations’ recognition and commemoration into assemblies and special College Assemblies. Sorry Day was a powerful experience for the entire community who were privileged to hear our First Nations’ students and staff share their family stories of trauma, dislocation and triumph ‘against all odds’.
I extend my appreciation to the AIEF for our ongoing partnership in the education of First Nations’ students at St Vincent’s College. I look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.
In 2021, AIEF Scholarship Students at St Vincent’s College, Potts Point were spread across Years 7 to 12.
In 2021, the 20 Indigenous students enrolled at St Vincent’s College, Potts Point were representative of 2.8% of the total population of 720 students.
In 2021, AIEF supported eight students at St Vincent’s College, Potts Point.
In 2021, the retention and Year 12 completion rate at St Vincent’s College, Potts Point was 80%.
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.