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Community Education Counsellor (CEC)

 

Community Education Counsellors (CEC) work specifically within the indigenous school community. The position has been around for about 30 years. CEC’s are employees of the Queensland Education Department.

The CEC provides support and education counselling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students. At Woree State High School there are over 260 indigenous students. As well as our local families, there are a number of students from Torres Strait islands, Cape York and other communities.

From these diverse cultural backgrounds, Woree State High School supports and celebrates the shared cultural learning environment of our students. We accomplish this through traditional and contemporary cultural ways such as: song, dance, languages, art, music, food and historical topics.

Through the extensive opportunities available, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can be successful in their education, further training or future employment.

CEC's are described as the ‘cultural liaison’ link connection between school and community. For all enquiries, please email me.

Areas of focus are:

  • Student Support Services team member

  • student attendance focus

  • educational counselling support service

  • parent and school connections

  • crossing cultures awareness

  • scholarship and training support

  • indigenous job pathways and vocational support

  • cultural and community activities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student learning outcomes. 

Students and families are instrumental in contributing to our rich cultural heritage and also to the positive high school experience for all students.

The following are some major programs, events and projects that I have the privilege to support:

  • Closing the Gap initiatives

  • school based traineeships and vocational pathways

  • JCU Get into University program

  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF)

  • Cultural Events: Harmony Day, Reconciliation Day, Mabo Day, NAIDOC, National Sorry Day 

  • Deadly Choices

  • JIMEE program

  • WACCA

  • Year 11 Girls Mentoring Program

  • Indigenous Girls' STEM Academy (IGSA)