Aboriginal students at South Dubbo Public School are set to soar in numeracy and literacy thanks to a new program launched this week.
The school launched the Budyaan Program on Tuesday for Aboriginal students in Year 3 to Year 6.
Budyaan means birds in Wiradjuri language. The name was chosen by the participants because it fits in with their cultural identity and ties in with their hopes for the future.
Program coordinator and deputy principal Natalie Polak said the children chose the symbol of birds because Budyaan aims to suppot them to "find their wings and soar in reading, numeracy and life beyong school".
Student Zakory Seymour said the participants "want to improve our learning so we can fly fast, far and high in life".
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Rylee Hartas said she was excited to see what she was capable of as a learner.
The participants were selected for the program based on their solid literacy and numeracy skills. Principal Sharon Murray said the school had high expectations for its students.
"Dubbo South Primary School is committed to meeting the Premier's Priority to 'closing the gap' by supporting our Aboriginal students to perform in the top two bands of NAPLAN for reading and numeracy," Ms Murray said.
"As an education community we have high expectations of all our learners irrespective of cultural backgrounds. This program is designed to trail blaze high-impact systems and to accelerate our Aboriginal students' growth."
The program is funded by the NSW government's Department of Education: Aboriginal Education and Communities.
But it's the students who are the designers, Mrs Polak said.
"This program is being co-created by the students. We are trying to strengthen our students' agency by giving them a voice and choice in the program's creation."
All the students were asked to design a logo for the program. Their brief was to connect their identities as Aboriginal students with the symbol of birds flying high.
The stage two and three teachers voted on the finalists before Year 4 student Tiahni Weekes' design was chosen as the winner.
The student learning support officers and stage two teachers will be experimenting with different classroom practices and resources to offer engaging and high growth learning experiences for the targeted students.