SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL SECONDARY TRAINING ACADEMY (SAASTA)

The South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA) is a unique sporting and educational program that provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students with the skills, opportunities and confidence to dream, believe and achieve in the areas of sport, education, employment and healthy living.

SAASTA Connect

SAASTA Connect is an Australian Curriculum program for year 8 and 9 Aboriginal students aiming to do SAASTA in years 10, 11 and 12. The program is a series of culturally appropriate curriculum resources that can be delivered by existing school staff. The resources focus on: healthy living, cultural identity, Aboriginal language, traditional sports and respectful relationships.

SAASTA Academy

The SAASTA Academy provides Aboriginal high school students with a unique sporting and educational program. Our academy works with school leaders and local communities across South Australia. The program gives students the skills, opportunities and confidence to dream, believe and achieve in the areas of sport, education, employment, healthy living and connection with their culture.

SAASTA is available to students in years 10, 11 and 12 who are studying the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). SAASTA provides opportunities for our students to grow as young people, connect with their culture and gain the skills and attitudes to become independently resilient. SAASTA also provides students with the opportunity to acquire a free of charge TAFE SA certificate qualification in a variety of different areas

SAASTA Sports Academy

SAASTA currently operates five Sports Academies, in partnership with the following sporting organisations:
– AFL Men’s – Port Adelaide Football Club
– AFL Women’s – Port Adelaide Football Club
– Football (Soccer) – North Eastern Metro Stars Football Club
– Netball – Netball SA
– Basketball – Aboriginal Basketball Academy.
Students undertake skill development conducted by coaches from the key sporting organisations. Teams may even have the opportunity to travel and compete against interstate or overseas teams. Students also gain the chance to showcase their talents in the curtain-raiser matches for special events such as the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round (Port Power) and the Suncorp Super Netball Indigenous Round (Adelaide Thunderbirds). These academies are based out of Adelaide.

SAASTA STEM Academy

During 2019, in partnership with the University of Adelaide – Wirltu Yarlu, SAASTA successfully delivered the inaugural Aboriginal STEM Academy. Students enrolled in this program will engage in STEM based learning experiences designed to prepare them for tertiary study. They have the opportunity to not only work with academic staff from faculties across the University of Adelaide, but also professionals within relevant industry organisations. Learning experiences within the program vary year to year, but include faculty areas such as:
– Engineering (North Terrace Campus)
– Veterinary Science (Roseworthy Campus)
– Agricultural Science (Waite Campus)
– Health/Social Sciences (North Terrace Campus).

VET Courses

SAASTA CVET courses are delivered using both in-class and out-of-school block release training methods. Students can study the certificate courses in Year 11 or Year 12. The out-of-school block release training requires academy students from all over South Australia to come together for three one-week intensive training blocks delivered by expert lecturers at the end of each term. The certificates equip students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications to enter into further study and gain valuable life skills for their future.
Courses available include:
– Certificate III in Sport and Recreation (TAFE SA)
– Certificate II in Construction (Carey Training)
– Certificate III in Fitness (AIPT/ Pushing Performance)
– Certificate III in Hospitality (Complete Hospitality Training Skills)
– Certificate III in Education Support (MADEC)
– Certificate III in Community Services (TAFE SA)

  

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

8 SAASTA Connect

9 SAASTA Connect

Stage 1 Aboriginal Studies

Stage 1 Aboriginal Studies

Stage 2 Integrated Learning

Stage 1 Integrated Studies

Stage 1 Integrated Studies

 

 

 

TAFE Vet Course

 

Nomination for Elite Programs

Nomination for Elite Programs

Year 8 SAASTA Connect

Length Semester
Location Whyalla High School
Contact Person Mr Jacob Ellidge

Description

Through the SAASTA Connect program students have the opportunity to learn new skills and the importance of regular physical activity as well as a focus on the importance of learning more about traditional language and culture. Students learn about the STEMfooty program, and a variety of health topics including nutrition, drugs and alcohol, sexual health and relationships. All curriculum materials are aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

The year 8 SAASTA Connect curriculum is heavily based around the Adelaide Football Clubs STEMfooty program. This program is designed to address the significant growth in STEM-related jobs and the continued decline in student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEMfooty is a collaborative 10-week school program for Year 8 students linked to the Australian Curriculum. The program provides the resources and curriculum to support students with engaging in STEM activities through Australian Rules Football. By demonstrating the natural connection between sport, science, and mathematics, students are encouraged to define and pursue better life choices, including the continuation of their education.

Assessment

Practical: 70%
Theory: 30%

Special Requirements

The program is uniquely offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only.

Year 9 SAASTA Connect

Length Year
Location Whyalla High School
Contact Person Mr Jacob Ellidge

Description

The SAASTA Connect program runs for the whole year and is broken up into lessons. A key component of the program is the opportunity for schools to use local agencies and their resources to compliment the delivery of sessions in schools. SAASTA staff create learning materials that are delivered by selected teachers and Aboriginal workers in the Academy schools. Curriculum materials are aligned to the Australian Curriculum Framework. Students will be encouraged to attend and participate positively in the cultural and sporting activities.

Through the SAASTA Connect program students have the opportunity to learn new skills and the importance of regular physical activity as well as a focus on the importance of learning more about traditional Language and culture. Students also study health topics including nutrition, drugs and alcohol, sexual health and relationships. Connect students have the opportunity to attend a camp which links to relationship building, cultural understanding, recreation and curriculum. All curriculum materials are aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

Assessment

Practical: 70%
Theory: 30%

Special Requirements

The program is uniquely offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only.

South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA)

Length Year
Year level 10,11,12
Location Whyalla High School
Contact Person Mr Jacob Ellidge

Description

SAASTA is delivered in South Australian state schools and targets senior secondary students (10-12) who are studying the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). While sport and recreation is a major focus of the academies, they do not only cater for the sporting elite. SAASTA is open to any student who is committed and passionate about pursuing success in education. With a focus around attendance, successful outcomes and sport, staff supports students in mapping a specific pathway to achieve their SACE.

Generally, students are enrolled in two SAASTA subjects. In addition to the educational outcomes achieved by our students, we place a strong emphasis on enabling them to grow as people, connect with their culture and gain an understanding and attitude towards the importance of becoming independently resilient.

The aim of SAASTA is to raise student expectations in the areas of attendance, participation, educational achievement and behaviour. Because of this approach, the students are considered ambassadors and role models who represent not only SAASTA but their school, families and community. Students are required to achieve and maintain a set of standards which are expected across all SAASTA sites across the state.

SAASTA at the Whyalla Academy takes place one day a week at Whyalla High School. Students are provided with their SAASTA uniform to wear on the SAASTA day only.

Assessment

All subjects will count towards the attainment of SACE. Assessment includes, but is not limited to:
• Practical and Theory components
• Power Cup Carnival
• SAASTA Shield
 

Special Requirements

The program is uniquely offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who:
• Achieve academic success in all curriculum areas including non-SAASTA subjects
• Maintain a strong attendance rate (minimum 90%)
• Adhere to the school Behaviour Management Policy
• Show a high standard of team work and actively participate in all aspects of SAASTA
• Represent SAASTA at school, in the community, at events and competitions in a positive manner
• Show a high standard of respect and courtesy toward all staff, students, coaches and visitors
• Conduct themselves with a high standard of sportsmanship in all aspects of practice and competition
• Wear the SAASTA uniform with pride and with a high manner of respect for the brand.