Future Footprints Initiatives and Events

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Welcome to Country

Every school year Future Footprints coordinates a cultural event to welcome students back to school and to Perth. The welcome is given to the students by a Noongar Elder and a Noongar dance group engage the students in the welcome.

All boarding and day students from participating schools attend the event as well as staff from schools, boarding houses. Students families are encouraged to attend and meet the Noongar Community members and speakers who participate. This event is very well supported by other support networks of Kimberley Klub, ICEA, Reconciliation WA and Madalah & AIME. Volunteer University students who were former students on the program volunteer and assist with activities on the day and support new and current  students

Future Footprints Camps

Three times a year Future Footprints offers remote area boarding students the opportunity to attend supervised camps. The camps are developed from an identified need to offer students, families and schools a safe, supervised and positive alternative for students to access whilst residential houses are closed during term breaks.

We have a fun packed program with all the usual activities, and some new ones, such as quiz nights and Indigenous tours. The program is designed to ensure maximum participation in all activities over the three day camp.  Our goal is for the students to have a valuable learning experience while having fun and socialising.

The activities selected for the camp are facilitated and coordinated by DSR Sport Centres and Future Footprints staff with assistance from university mentors. All activities endeavour to promote team building, trust and leadership.

Student Council

An Indigenous Students’ Council has been developed with representatives from each school. A President is elected on an annual basis by the students. Council meetings are held each term on a rotating basis at each school with students from all schools attending.

The council meetings provide further opportunities for discussion and monitoring of students. In addition a guest speaker program is an integral part of the meetings with young Indigenous guest speakers providing valuable mentoring and role modelling.

Leadership student group of Years 10-12. Two student representatives from each school are to be voices on the Student's Council meet on various issues such as sharing resources, boarding issues, upcoming events, guest speakers and plan and share NAIDOC week activities. Each meeting is held at a different host school once a term with elected President and Vice President.

Future Footprints Camp
Future Footprints Presentation Dinner
Future Footprints Mentor

Indigenous Programs Coordinators Forums

A network of Indigenous coordinators from each school has been developed with regular communication between schools and the coordinator. In addition, a forum is held once per term to plan events, share ideas and to discuss any issues or concerns.

The forums also serve as a means of providing information to schools on a range of topics. Guest speakers are invited where appropriate.

Forums are an avenue to facilitate or provide Professional Learning to teaching and support staff as required. They also assist schools in accessing information on best practice, including other programs and services. In addition coordinators facilitate network meetings/forums with Indigenous advisors in each school as required.

NAIDOC Week and Cultural Events

NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Each year, a theme is chosen to reflect the important issues and events for NAIDOC Week.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Cultural celebrations are held on 21 March every year.

Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

The end of May is a very significant week in the Australian calendar. The 26th May is National Sorry Day and the week following is National Reconciliation Week.

Perth has a huge community celebration where schools are invited to attend a gathering in Wellington Square hosted by Reconciliation WA. Many schools plan their own events and ceremonies with smoking ceremonies, inviting Elders to schools, and projects such as the Sea of Hands and other respectful and meaningful activities.

Graduation Dinner and Awards of Excellence

A celebration Dinner recognising Year 12 graduates of the Future Footprints program is held annually at a host school and includes the Awards of Excellence prizes.

Annual Career Expo

Career guidance plays a key role in school’s decisions in helping students decide on careers. Career Expo’s are seen as an effective tool in the process of high school students making good career choices. Future Footprints students get an opportunity to discuss university courses, entry pathways and scholarships at the Careers Expo. It is an effective way to assist schools in helping students decide on a career choice or employment pathways.

The expo is designed to give students advice and planning for future job prospects. Planning is the key to a successful transition into a career, and students are offered access to as many pathways, and as many different careers as possible through the Future Footprints Indigenous Careers Expo.

Through the expo, students also have access to tertiary students and role models who have completed their degrees to get them thinking at an early age about post-secondary training or employment.

One of the core outcomes of the Future Footprints program is to develop a range of partnerships between schools, higher education institutions and trade and training providers to provide and support career development information for students including opportunities and guidance for vocational pathways.

To achieve this outcome the Association of Independent Schools coordinates the annual Future Footprints Indigenous Careers Expo with generous financial support from Woodside.