Dungog High School opens new learning centre

NEW ROOM: Kara Clements chats to students Leticia Ball, Jacob Bates, Sarsha Venables and Jada Laurie.

NEW ROOM: Kara Clements chats to students Leticia Ball, Jacob Bates, Sarsha Venables and Jada Laurie.

The long-awaited Cultural Room at Dungog High School has transformed from a disused storage room into a haven for educational support for all students. 

The room with a bank of laptops, comfortable lounges and a kitchenette will allow homework to be completed, students to take part in reading programs and parent and teacher interviews to be conducted in a more relaxed setting.

The cultural room has been years in the planning as a designated learning spot for indigenous students in particular - who make up more than 10 per cent of the school's student population.

The room will be officially opened on Monday, March 18 at a special assembly at 10am followed by a community morning tea/barbecue held outside the room, which the community is invited to attend.

The assembly will see the induction of the 2019 Junior AECG  (Aboriginal Education Consultative Group) Georgia Osmond, Jada Laurie, Sarsha Venables, Leticia Ball and Jacob Bates. The students are a voice for Aboriginal education and local events.

Susan Judd, head teacher HSIE and Aboriginal Education Co-Ordinator said it as important to have a space where Aboriginal students can come to.

"The main focus is to help with the academic side of learning," she said.

"We want to encourage more parent and community involvement and this room will make that easier."

The students said they look forward to using the room they describe as "quiet and cosy", allowing them to work one on one with the school's Aboriginal Education Support,  Kara Clements.