Aboriginal Education

Kingsgrove Public School promotes Aboriginal peoples histories, cultures and languages to all students with a range of learning experiences across all curriculum areas. As well Kingsgrove PS has a proud history of enrolment of students with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island backgrounds providing opportunities for these students to participate in additional programs.


Our school celebrates NAIDOC week with classroom activities on Aboriginal culture and history. As well we have a whole day cultural education  Ultimate Dreamtime Experience from the Koomurri  Dancers.

Djurali (Grow)

Stage 3 students with Aboriginal background participate in the Djurali (Grow) transitions program with the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). The Djurali program is a collaboration between ATYP and the Aboriginal Education Unit at the NSW Department of Education. The program supports students in years 5 and 6 as they make the transition from primary school into high school.

ATYP is a recognised leader in facilitating performing arts activities, with a long history of delivering rich and rewarding programs in schools and within the broader community. The Djurali program uses creative arts as a tool for personal growth and development, connecting young people to an understanding of themselves, each other and their communities. Students participate in a series of drama and storytelling workshops designed to promote self-confidence, communication and leadership skills.

Yarn Up

Stage 3 Aboriginal students to participate in Yarn Up.  This program aims to provide opportunities for Aboriginal students in Years 5 and 6 to develop skills in:

  • impromptu speaking
  • public speaking
  • debating
  • positive feedback

Transition from primary to secondary school has been identified as a critical period in the lives of Aboriginal young people. Yarn Up is part of a series of transition programs run by the Aboriginal Education and Wellbeing Team, specifically targeting Aboriginal students in order to involve them in school life and see them grow in confidence as they prepare to move on to high school.


The Twugia project initiative was developed to address the needs of Aboriginal gifted and talented students. Year 6 Aboriginal students are invited to participate in the project based on year 5 NAPLAN results and where possible continue each year after. The initiative’s priority is to deliver curriculum enrichment based on numeracy and/or literacy integrating information communications technology and to meet the needs of these high achieving students through innovative and engaging activities which include partnerships with community and developing a deeper cultural understanding.

Deadly Kids Doing Well (DKDW) Awards

This award recognises Aboriginal students who are achieving well in school, attend regularly and demonstrate leadership.

Nanga Mai Awards

The Annual Public Schools NSW Nanga Mai Awards are held to celebrate and recognise innovation, excellence and educational achievements in Aboriginal education in New South Wales public schools and their school communities. Aboriginal students may be nominated for an award in any of the following:

  • Encouragement award
  • Outstanding student engagement award
  • Outstanding achievement in sport award
  • Outstanding achievement in performing/creative/visual arts award
  • Outstanding achievement in public speaking award
  • Student leadership award
  • Academic excellence award