Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures


The study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures provides opportunities for all students to deepen their knowledge of Australia by engaging with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. Through the Australian Curriculum, students will understand that contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are strong, resilient, rich and diverse.

Using a conceptual framework to provide a context for learning, Melrose High School is committed to embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into all subject areas. The framework comprises the underlying elements of Identity and Living Communities and the key concepts of Country/Place, Culture and People.

The development of knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ law, languages, dialects and literacies is approached through the exploration of Cultures. These relationships are linked to the deep knowledge traditions and holistic world views of Aboriginal communities and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Students will understand that Identities and Cultures have been, and are, a source of strength and resilience for Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples against the historic and contemporary impacts of colonisation. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elective Study

This course is offered to all Year 9/10 students for one semester, providing a great opportunity to discover and learn more about the longest surviving culture in the world. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are the very first innovators, whose skills, knowledge and practices enabled them to thrive for over 60,000 years. During this course you will study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history which includes on country experiences, various arts, printmaking, song lines, stories, poetry, music, weaving, weaponry, Indigenous sciences, sport and bushfoods. Through an exciting and innovative course, individual and/or group personalized projects with be explored and developed. This course provides an exciting way to gain a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives on everyday life in Australia today as well as on the major social, economic and political events and processes in Australia's history.