Jarara Indigenous Education Unit

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta are committed to creating an inclusive and outstanding learning environment for young Aboriginal people and their families.

The Jarara Indigenous Education Unit work closely with Catholic Schools NSW to share culture and build capacity within our schools to create a system that embraces the oldest continuing culture on the planet.

The word ‘Jarara’ is a Wiradjuri word meaning ‘water tumbling over rocks’.

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What Jarara Do

The Jarara Indigenous Education Unit is located at the Aengus Kavanagh Centre (AKC), Mount Druitt and works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families across primary and secondary Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. We aim to promote the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history throughout the Diocese of Parramatta by building cultural awareness and capacity of all.



Our Vision

Jarara Indigenous Catholic Education Unit is an integral part of the system of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Parramatta. We believe that all cultural differences are to be valued and are a rich resource to learn from. An appreciation of these differences is fundamental to building relationships. We believe that a high self esteem and sense of identity are vital for the effective learning and personal growth of Aboriginal students.

Therefore we aim to



Provide, in partnership with schools, learning experiences which help students and teachers understand each others’ cultures


Promote cooperative learning and build a welcoming community which is open and honest


Create a sense of community through shared celebrations of significant events: Spiritual, cultural and personal


Build a supportive environment that encourages children to take risks and be proud of their cultural heritage




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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge, and pay respect, to the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land.

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Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal education is incorporated into learning on a daily basis because it’s our core business.


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CSNSW Statement

Catholic education is committed to maximising learning opportunities for all indigenous peoples.

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The Jarara Indigenous Education Unit are committed to supporting whole school improvement using an Aboriginal Education lens. Services offered include:

  • Cultural Workshops
  • Helping schools meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching
  • Aboriginal Spirituality
  • Personalised Learning Plans
  • Water Blessing
  • Smoking Ceremonies
  • Inviting dance groups
  • Teacher Workshops (Study of the Dreaming)
  • Family and community liaison
  • Assist in the transition between school and career pathways.

Speak to our team to discuss your school's Aboriginal Education needs.




Community Connections

Jarara act as the bridge connecting the Aboriginal and wider community to a wide range of services:

  • Aboriginal Elders
  • Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation
  • Learning Grounds
  • Kildare Medical Centre (dedicated aboriginal medical service)
  • Muru Mittigar (Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre)
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre
  • The Healing Foundation.

What can we help you do?

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Request a Service

Connect with our team today to discuss how we may be able to support your family and the school.
Call 0428 504 157 or email jwaddell2@parra.catholic.edu.au.


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