Aboriginal Education

Ninna Marni

Our school is located on the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today. The Aboriginal team supports the learning and wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders at the site, with many families from many different language groups across Australia. At Ocean View College, we have a dedicated room for Nunga students and parents /caregivers where we encourage you to drop in and meet with the staff and yarn about any concerns that you may have.

Aboriginal perspectives Across the Curriculum

The Aboriginal Education Team provides a range of services and programs to support all teachers to deliver inclusive programs in each classroom. The Aboriginal Education Team at Ocean View College further works with teachers to promote Aboriginal are Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures within the ACARA and SACE Curriculums.


The South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA) provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students with the opportunity to complete SACE subjects and VET Courses through a culturally tailored program. Through SAASTA, students develop the academic and personal skills required to achieve in the areas of sport, education, health and culture. At school, Ocean View College’s SAASTA students will receive support from specialist SAASTA teachers, ACEOs, AETs and Clontarf team members. The Ocean View College Aboriginal Education Team has developed a specialised pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students to achieve SACE.

For more information, please watch the following YouTube video, check out the Information Guide, visit the SAASTA website or speak to Ocean View College’s SAASTA Coordinator, Lawrence Fantus.

Clontarf Academy

The Clontarf Foundation uses a unique, innovative and highly successful approach to target one of the most at risk groups in contemporary Australian society – young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Using the existing passion that these boys have for sport allows Clontarf to initially attract them to school, and then keep them coming. It is however, not a sporting program – it’s about developing the values, skills and abilities that will assist the boys to transition into meaningful employment and achieve better life outcomes.

The Foundation partners with schools and communities to create ‘Clontarf academies’ which are embedded within the school grounds and education program.

Full-time, locally based Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues while the school caters for their education needs. Any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male enrolled at the school/s is eligible to participate in the Clontarf academy.

Through the use of supportive relationships and environment, the students develop improved self-esteem and confidence which enables them to participate in education, employment and society in a positive way.

Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, well-being, life skills and sport. In order to remain in the programme, participants must continue to work at school and embrace the objectives of the Foundation.

The Foundation’s approach has been very successful, not only in attracting young men to school and retaining them but also in having them embrace more disciplined, purposeful and healthy lifestyles.

For more information visit the Clontarf Website

The College celebrates key significant cultural events including:

  • Reconciliation week
  • Sorry Day
  • NAIDOC Week
  • Cultural Week


Ocean View College works alongside a range of Aboriginal community programs and organisations to promote culture, education and employment opportunities.

  • Workabout Centre
  • Kura Yerlo
  • Kurrurru
  • Tirrapendi Wodli (Womens Fitness and Learners course)
  • Tauondi College
  • TAFESA (Aboriginal Access Centre, Construction Course and White Card)
  • LeFevre Peninsula Transition Graduation (Year 12 & Kindy)
  • C.E.G. – Kitchen Operations
  • University visits in Adelaide


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