Connected Communities is a whole of government, long term commitment to working in partnership with school communities to create the
generational change needed for students to achieve consistently better outcomes at school. It also provides access to pathways from school
into further learning and employment.
The Connected Communities strategy is a reform where the education process is inclusive and involves the Aboriginal community, school staff,
Government and Non-Government agencies, local Government and the business, TAFE and University sectors.
The Connected Communities strategy builds on strengths in participating schools and communities and gains leverage from these successes.
The strategy is being implemented in 31 selected schools, mostly in rural and remote communities. The schools are:
- Airds High School
- Bidwill Public School
- Boggabilla Central School
- Bourke High School
- Bourke Public School
- Bowraville Central School
- Brewarrina Central School
- Curran Public School
- Coomealla High School
- Coonamble High School
- Coonamble Public School
- Dareton Public School
- Hillvue Public School
- Gunnedah Public School
- Kempsey High School
- Kempsey South Public School
- Kempsey West Public School
- Lethbridge Park Public School
- Melville High School
- Menindee Central School
- Moree East Public School
- Moree Secondary College
- Narooma High School
- Nowra East Public School
- Shoalhaven High School
- Taree High School
- Taree Public School
- Toomelah Public School
- Walgett Community School – primary and high school campuses
- Wilcannia Central School
Under the Connected Community strategy, there is a strong focus on supporting every student to achieve their very best and to fulfil their
aspirations, while embedding a strong vision of high expectations and achievement in all aspects of teaching and learning.
A local school reference group chaired by the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (AECG), members from the P&C and other
key stakeholders has been established in each school to work alongside the Executive Principal to guide the planning for the strategy in
This governance model is unique in that the local community, in partnership with the Executive Principal, collaborate in a co-leadership
role that is locally responsive in determining students’ needs and aspirations.
The Connected Communities strategy is designed to complement the work of the Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs whose
recommendations informed the development of OCHRE, the NSW Government Plan for Aboriginal affairs. The schools will teach
Aboriginal Language and Culture which is an OCHRE initiative.