VINCENTIA High principal Steve Glenday said he was excited by the Indigenous Rangers Cadetship Pilot Program.
“This program is just enormous,” he said.
“We are the only junior rangers’ program in NSW and that brings with it a lot of responsibility for the students involved.
“It is a superb opportunity.”
He said the pilot program filled a void.
“At Vincentia High we have come to better understand the Aboriginal culture of the local area and this program, which is enormous, certainly adds to that,” he said.
“Every student who comes into our school in year 7 is introduced to the Dhurga language and over the last seven years it has built up tolerance and acceptance across the school.
“We have 17 year 11-12 students who have taken part in the School Based Apprenticeship Traineeship Scheme (SBATS), but this program fills a gap, it is a work ready program for students in years 9-10.
“It gives those students direction so when they leave school they don’t only become great citizens but actually go into something that is going to enhance them and their families and offer a real future for our kids.
“To gain a second year of funding is fantastic and we now have a continuation for two years to get everything right.”
He thanked all the stakeholders who had donated time to get the program under way.
“Thank you from the school and students, without your dedication this program wouldn’t have happened,” he said.
“To the parents and community members your support has helped make things work.
“This is breaking down many barriers and we are seeing real things happen for our kids.
“Thanks also to the federal government for its support.
“The opportunity is just superb and with all this support I know we will make it a success.”