South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA)

The South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy is an initiative of the Social Inclusion Unit, which began in 2005. The program aims to support positive indigenous achievement and to encourage students to engage in programs covering key curriculum areas with the underlying focus on sport, fitness and culture. The program has been very successful in progressing Indigenous students beyond year 10 and has enabled more students to go through and complete their SACE certificate.

The SAASTA program at Ceduna Area School was established in 2007 for Aboriginal students in years 10 -12 with a focus around attendance, successful outcomes, and sport. SAASTA is open to any Senior School Aboriginal student who is committed and passionate about pursuing success in education.

At Ceduna Area School SAASTA students complete a combination of SAASTA specific subjects conducted within the SAASTA classroom as well as the traditional subjects such as Art, PE, Doorways to Construction, Food and Hospitality and Headspace which are completed within mainstream classes. Key subjects within SAASTA are English, Maths, Integrated Learning (Power Cup and the SAASTA Shield) and Research Project. 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.