SAASTA students come together in Port Augusta

EDUCATION: South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy students participate in an interactive role play of European settlement in South Australia.
EDUCATION: South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy students participate in an interactive role play of European settlement in South Australia.

The South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) brought together students from across the Flinders Ranges and Far North for a two-day workshop at Central Oval.

The focus of the workshop was to help Aboriginal students in Years 10, 11 and 12 learn about themselves, their culture and their identity.

Students from Quorn Area School, Hawker Area School, Roxby Downs Area School, Coober Pedy Area School, Marree Aboriginal School, Leigh Creek Area School and Gladstone High School attended the workshop.

SAASTA State Manager Andrew Smith said it was the first of eight workshops throughout the school year.

"The students come together to complete their Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects as part of their SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education)," Mr Smith said. 

"Bringing them all together in the one place means that there's a consistent level of delivery that ensures all students have the opportunity to achieve higher-level learning.

"They get to do combined tasks and group activities that they might not be able to do back in their own school."

Students participated in a range of activities and tasks, including an interactive role play of the European settlement in South Australia and how it affected Aboriginal communities.

During the activity, students were divided into six prominent Aboriginal language groups in SA – Ngarrindjeri, Adnyamathanha, Narungga, Kaurna, Kokatha and Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara.

Mr Smith said the activity had been integrated into SACE, with students graded on their interaction and response to questions.

"The whole point is to see the impact that European and white society had on the Aboriginal people," he explained. 

"For a lot of the students, their ancestors were the people impacted by the events that they were role playing."

The following workshop, scheduled to take place on March 5-6 in Port Augusta, will be conducted by Indigenous players from Port Adelaide Football Club, focusing on sport and culture.

The next workshop will include students from Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie.