Both schools were high achievement award winners in the 2011 Dare to Lead Excellence in Leadership in Indigenous Education Awards recently and received prizes of $5000 for their outcomes.
Yule Brook College has improved retention, attendance, behaviour and graduation of Year 10 students.
The school has worked with Big Picture Education Australia – a non-profit company that helps schools improve education results for each student. It has successfully worked with Aboriginal students, families and the community, as well as running a football academy with the Clontarf Foundation.
Principal Janette Gee said the positive results had progressed since a School-Aboriginal Community Agreement was devised in 2001.
"We successfully build positive relationships with our Aboriginal community and foster harmony between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students,” she said.
“Focusing on educating 'one student at a time', we place the student, their passions and their interests at the centre of the learning process.”
Wagin District High School has increased its overall number of Aboriginal students; improved attendance; and is having great success with its Kindergarten program.
The school has a host of programs and activities it runs with outside agencies.
Darryn Martin, who was principal of Wagin District High School last year, said many discussions were held about improving the opportunities for Aboriginal students so that attendance rates and student academic achievements could be improved.
"As a result of these talks, we have put together programs to interest our Aboriginal students in a number of areas
such as photography, film making, Drumbeat and dance,” he said. “These strategies have become an integral part
of our school plan.
"The school leadership team has been proactive in developing community partnerships and encouraging parents to drive planning to make the school a place where students want to be."
Photos from top: Yule Brook College principal Janette Gee accepts the award and Wagin District High School deputy principal Robyn Willey accepts the award.