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Indigenous Education

Indigenous Education

Acknowledgement Of Country - We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and waters, the Wulgurukaba, and that this country has been a place of learning and ceremony for tens of thousands of years. We also acknowledge the neighbouring language groups as brothers and sisters of the land. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. May we walk gently and peacefully on this land together.

At Ryan Catholic College, students have access to a team of Education and Support Workers to meet the needs of students from Prep to Year 12.

Guided by the TCEO Indigenous Support team, our team of eight staff support all students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.  We have five Teacher Aides, two Emerging Leaders staff (a Teacher and an Administrative Assistant) who are lead by an Indigenous Education Officer.


Our role is to ensure that our students are engaged with learning and with College activities. Most of our work is in class support and we run programs across Prep to Year 12. 

  • Yarning Circle:  Spaces / Garden have been created on both campuses and we gather to yarn once a fortnight by year levels.

  • Indigenous T-shirts:  These were created by artist Gavin Kum Sing and designed by Jack Singh and can be worn by students on days of significance. Staff have another colour version of these T-shirts and can wear them at their convenience.

  • Pastoral Group (Years 7 to 12):  These are run at a year level in place of the students regular Pastoral Group.

  • After School Tutoring / Homework Clubs (Years 7 to 12 ).

  • Participation in external events such as ATSIAP and NQ Constitutional Convention.

  • Burara Mentoring Program (started in 2019):  The program, named with the Birigubba language word for “to fly”, invites Years 10, 11 and 12 students to be matched with a Mentor (mostly past students of indigenous descent).  The core aim is to offer one on one mentoring sessions and also includes an event every term for engagement, including a cultural camp and mental health workshops.

  • Celebration of National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC with assemblies, cultural activities and Kup Murri lunches.

  • Emerging Leaders Program:  All Year 7 to 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are eligible to apply for this program, which offers a fee subsidy and incentive level funding.


Contact details:


Pria D'Souza

Indigenous Education Officer

Helaina (Laina) Buxton

Emerging Leaders Co-ordinator

We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Wulgurukaba people. We also acknowledge their neighbouring brothers and sisters on the land, the Bindal people. We pay our respects to elders past present and emerging. May we walk gently and peacefully on this land together.

Junior Campus (Prep - Year 4)

44 Golf Links Drive
Kirwan. QLD. 4817

P: 07 4755 9900
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Senior Campus (Years 5 - 12)

59 Canterbury Road,
Kirwan. QLD. 4817

P: 07 4773 0100
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