Redfern Jarjum College’s mission is to educate urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are not participating or coping in mainstream primary schools as a result of their domestic circumstances. It will serve boys and girls aged between 4 and 13 from Kindergarten to Year 6 and fees will not be charged for tuition. The aims are to, among other things, alleviate the social, emotional, behavioural and health disadvantages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children so that they can return to mainstream schooling, and to provide opportunities for them to pursue secondary education.
In partnership with their community, the growth of the children in the school will be intensive and holistic. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, care of the individual student will be at its heart. It will provide a culturally attuned and locally-responsive approach to meet each child’s individual needs through social, physical, spiritual, academic and emotional engagement with the child.
Redfern Jarjum College will focus on the educational foundations of literacy and numeracy, along with building each child’s self-concept and self-worth. The school day will include transport to school, before school care, washing facilities and clothing, meals, health checks and after school activities. A key feature will be community development with parents and carers through opportunities to participate in school activities such as meal preparation, sharing stories, dance, art, literacy and numeracy activities, and regular gatherings.