Ready Set Crow—kicking goals in South Australia

Ready Set Crow—kicking goals in South Australia

Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Advancement Strategy
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Two Indigenous men dressed in dark clothing stand either side of a non-Indigenous woman in light blue dress. In the background is a road, a house and four wheel drive vehicle.

The Ready Set Crow program is an Indigenous Advancement Strategy funded project that targets students in years 5, 6 and 7 in the APY Lands and Far West Coast of South Australia who have been identified by school principals as suitable for placement in the Wiltja Residential Programme, located in Adelaide.

The program works closely with over 110 students from 11 Remote School Attendance Strategy communities, providing information, individualised support and advice to increase students’ access to alternative school and training pathways.  Currently, 43 of these students are receiving intensive case management support, having participated in short-term visits to the Wiltja residence facility.

During the visits, two Ready Set Crow Project Officers based at Wiltja become mentors to the students and provide one-on-one support in and out of the classroom.  Students also take part in a day of activities at the Crows’ home base, the Adelaide Football Club, located at West Lakes. The visits give the students a taste of life in Adelaide and an understanding of expectations should they take up the opportunity to board at the Wiltja residence.

Following the short term stays in Adelaide, the Ready Set Crow team visits the home communities of the students to re-engage and meet the families and teachers of the students. During the home visits, the team encourages students and their families to explore the benefits of, and consider taking up the opportunity to attend the residence in Adelaide.

In November 2016 the Ready Set Crow team attended the Wiltja Graduation where seven students graduated with their South Australian Certificate of Education. All of the graduates who have taken part in the program have either found employment or been accepted into higher education in 2017.

To enable the team to keep track of students’ progress, in late 2016 the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ready Set Crow team to provide attendance data for case managed students.

The Hon Susan Close MP, South Australian Minister for Education and Child Development has also undertaken to meet with the Ready Set Crow team in 2017 to discuss how DECD can further support the project.

For further details, please visit Adelaide Football Club and Wiltja Secondary College.