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St John's Catholic College helping to close the gap


Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins
Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education Senator Jacinta Collins today visited St John’s Catholic College in Darwin—a school making great inroads into improving the wellbeing of disadvantaged students.

"St John’s Catholic College is one of 116 schools in the Northern Territory participating in the Low Socio-Economic Status (SES) Communities National Partnership,” Senator Collins said.

"Under this program, the Australian Government is providing $1.5 billion to the states and territories to address the needs and wellbeing of around 1700 low SES school communities.

"What I’ve seen here today at St John’s Catholic College is very inspiring and helps to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

"One of the school’s initiatives is to send teachers into remote communities to improve their understanding of what it’s like to live in an environment often hundreds of kilometres away from the city.

"For an Indigenous student to make the transition to school life from a remote community is culturally challenging.

"St John’s is also nurturing a partnership between the college, families and carers by working with them to install improved computer-based communication links between the college and remote communities.”

In addition to meeting students and teachers, Senator Collins also inspected the Nova Peris Girls Academy.

Named after Australia’s first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal, the academy was established in 2012 to empower Indigenous girls to pursue their dreams on a foundation of education.

Senator Collins’ media contact: Felicity de Fombelle—0411 246 170

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