Video transcript - Cabramatta High School's community innovations

Beth Godwin - Principal, Cabramatta High School

Cabramatta High School has 1,506 students. We have a 95% non-English-speaking background. Our needs for the students stem from arriving in Australia and needing to learn about the community, to enhancing their English, to developing goals and having aspirations. So today we'll have a look at STARTTS, which is an organisation that looks after refugee families and trauma-based families.

Mestre Roxinho - Capoeira Master, STARTTS

My name is Edielson, well known as Mestre Roxinho. The program is using Capoeira Angola as a psychosocial education and resilience tools to engage young people to overcome trauma and behavioural problems. Capoeira Angola is about inclusion, connection, empowerment.

Beth Godwin - Principal, Cabramatta High School

So, on a more...larger scale, we would have a program, such as the GOALS setting program for Year 9, where the Australian Business Community Network has engaged with the school.

Samantha Luck - General Manager, ABCN

So the students that participate in our programs have the great advantage of having a corporate mentor. So, what that means is that they've got someone who they can speak to who's not a teacher and not a parent but someone who can give them some advice on what it's like to be in the corporate environment and what it's like to work and what you actually do at work. What we've found is that over 90% of those students are currently engaged in full-time education, employment or training.

Beth Godwin - Principal, Cabramatta High School

We also have other connections with the local police, for example.

Sergeant Glenn Sadler - Crime Management Unit, Liverpool City Police

Box with a Cop program was initiated by one of our senior constables, Raffaelle Frisina, and that program now runs for six to eight weeks, depending on how the kids are going. And they come out once a week and they'll get involved in a bit of exercise, some good mental fitness, some physical fitness.

A lot of the students have come from countries where police probably weren't in a positive light. So what this program is is to try and build that relationship between us and just let them see that we are just normal people and that they can come to us for help and that we are here as a part of the community rather than someone to be feared.

Beth Godwin - Principal, Cabramatta High School

Schools don't operate in isolation. Schools are an integral part of the community and the community's an integral part of the school. We're preparing young people for the world outside the school gates. To do so, we need to have an attitude and an ethos that we connect.

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