All NSW public school students have a right to an inclusive learning environment and to feel happy and safe at school.
Aboriginal student support
We are committed to closing the achievement gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We know that we need to learn about, nurture and value the cultural identity of our Aboriginal students to help them be successful learners.
We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family members, parents and carers, as well as community members to our school so that we can get to know each other, learn about the local Aboriginal community and develop shared goals and plans for Aboriginal students.
The Aboriginal Education Policy confirms the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to improvement in educational outcomes and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Murrumbidgee Regional High School employs two Aboriginal Education Officers (AEOs) and has an Aboriginal Learning and Engagement Centre (ALEC) to provide support to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Aboriginal Learning and Engagement Centre (ALEC)
The ALEC provides personalised support to increase the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining Year 12 while maintaining their cultural identity. The ALEC also provides pastoral care to Indigenous students.
Any student who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is able to use the resources of the ALEC.
Our school also hosts the Clontarf Academies, which exists to improve the education, self discipline, life skills, self-esteem and confidence of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Using supportive relationships, a welcoming environment, and a diverse range of activities, the Foundation seeks to improve participation in education, employment and society.
A student must be male and identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander to apply. Any student interested in applying should approach Nigel Plum at the Griffith site or Ben Curphy at the Wade site.
Our school welcomes students, families and community members from all cultural backgrounds. We appreciate difference and diversity and aim to provide a culturally inclusive and responsive environment that benefits all students.
Our teaching and learning programs develop intercultural understanding, promote positive relationships and enable all students to participate as active Australian and global citizens. Our school fosters student wellbeing and community harmony by implementing anti-racism and anti-discrimination strategies that encourage engagement by parents and carers from all backgrounds.
The Multicultural Education Policy outlines the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to providing opportunities that enable all students to achieve equitable education and social outcomes and participate successfully in our culturally diverse society.
The Anti-Racism Policy confirms the department’s commitment to rejecting all forms of racial discrimination in NSW public schools and eliminating expressions of racism in its learning and working environments.
For more information refer to:
Supporting English language learners
Learning English is essential for success at school and effective participation in Australian society. We can provide specialist support to help students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D).
For more information refer to: EAL/D education.
Supporting refugee students
Schools offer safety, support and security to help refugee students adjust to life in Australia and participate successfully in education. Targeted support strategies are provided to assist refugee students in NSW public schools.
For more information refer to: Supporting refugee students.
Support for Pacific Islander students
Murrumbidgee Regional High School has a Pacific Islander Community Liaison Officer (PICLO). The position supports the education of Pacific Islander students.
Our PICLO links students to support services and ensures that Pasifika families are aware of school events and procedures.
If a student or parent identifies as Pasifika and needs assistance, they should contact MRHS PICLO Nau Mahe.
The school’s learning and support team plays a key role in ensuring we meet the specific needs of students with additional learning and support needs, including disability.
- supports teachers in identifying and responding to the additional learning needs of students
- facilitates and coordinates a whole-school approach to improving the learning outcomes of every student
- coordinates planning processes and resourcing for students with additional learning and support needs
- designs and implements the support required to build teacher capacity so that all students access quality learning
- develops collaborative partnerships with the school, parents and carers, as well as other professionals and the wider school community.
For more information on programs and services to help students with additional learning and support needs visit Disability, learning and support.
Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.
Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in NSW schools.
The NSW anti-bullying website brings together information and resources for teachers, students, parents and carers. It helps to identify, prevent and respond effectively to student bullying, including online bullying. It provides information about online safety and what you can do if your child has been bullied, witnessed bullying or been involved in bullying.
For more information on anti-bullying strategies for NSW public schools refer to the department’s Bullying of Students – Prevention and Response Policy.
For information on racial bullying and anti-racism education for NSW public schools refer to:
Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.
Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.
For more information about opportunities in NSW public schools visit Student voice and leadership.
Alani Langi (Griffith site)
Lily Katoanga (Griffith site)
Jack Coleman (Wade site)
Cecilia Bellicanta (Wade site)
Omega Liu (Griffith site)
Savera Tanuvasa (Griffith site)
Cooper Angel (Wade site)
Ayla Vaessen (Wade site)