Our aim is to close the academic achievement gap between students and mainstream children. This will ensure that every child has their academic, emotional, material and health and wellbeing needs addressed. The goal is for students to successfully transition into high-quality, high-expectation secondary boarding schools and later on successfully graduate.
Taking a school from Poor to Good and on to Great is a 10-year journey. The Academy is in its fifth year. We have improved these schools from Poor to Fair and are advancing towards Good.
Good to Great Schools Australia is in a unique innovative partnership with the Department of Education and Training (DET) to deliver the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) in state primary schools in the remote North Queensland communities of Hope Vale and Coen.
GGSA provides school improvement implementation support for its school improvement model, including the 5C education program, 8 cycles of practice, and student and family welfare support. DET operates the school campuses as per normal Queensland state schools, including the employment of all school staff, management of school finances, operations and facilities, and the health, safety and well-being of all students and staff.
The goal of the partnership is to support the school and the community to achieve the mission of CYAAA. CYAAA aims to close the academic, health and well-being gap between its students and mainstream children by addressing the needs of every student case by case, and supporting them to successfully transition into high-quality, high-expectation secondary schools.
CYAAA offers a comprehensive 5C education model which incorporates the early years development domain of Childhood, the learning domains of Class, Club and Culture, and the Community domain to support student attendance and school readiness.
Our education model is based on extensive research supported by international evidence. We invest substantially in innovation and continuous improvement through co-design with students, families, teachers, school education systems and education experts.
CYAAA has an extended school day and operates after school care to ensure these disadvantaged students have more time to close the education gap. The additional time is spent on literacy and numeracy, and other areas of the curriculum, including rich curriculum activities in music, art and sport through the Australian curriculum.
"Attendance levels are still improving. Some students struggle but we are working with their parents to make sure they turn up and don’t make excuses. When the children are at school, they are focused on learning."
"When I was growing up we always talked in Guugu Yimidhirr in our home. Our parents were very strict on speaking our language correctly. Children today don’t learn our traditional language at home so we need to make sure we are teaching it at school. My passion is to keep our mother tongue alive so as long as I stand I will continue to teach language."
"Our students have fewer opportunities and more challenges than other Australian children. But we don’t let that define their lives. We give them every of opportunity and we expect them to work hard. Our results reflect how hard our teachers and students are prepared to work to achieve our goals. We are getting mainstream results. We have one of the highest attendance rates in the state and the majority of students are at grade level for literacy and numeracy having achieved success."