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Indigenous Support

We at Miami SHS would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Gold Coast, the Kombumerri people of the Yugambeh language group. We pay our respects to the land and Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hope of Indigenous Australia.


Our school is passionate about promoting cultural engagement and we encourage both our Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students to learn more about the rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Gold Coast.
Miss Karis Hill-Milnes is our Indigenous Education Worker (Identified) and her role predominantly focuses on the academic progress and cultural awareness and engagement of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cohort. Miss Hill is available to provide academic, cultural and emotional support to our Indigenous students. With support from Ms Nicole McCauley, Miss Hill also monitors the attendance and absenteeism of our Indigenous students at Miami SHS. "Everyday counts."
At Miami SHS we acknowledge parents as an integral part of our Indigenous community and also acknowledge the invaluable influence parents have on their child's success in academic development.
Listed below are some hot tips on how to help student improve in literacy and numeracy:
  • To help your child with reading:
    Praise every effort in reading, especially if confidence is low.
    Don’t compare a child’s performance with that of relatives and friends.
    Be seen as a reader yourself. Take the family to the local library.
    Give books as presents.
    Encourage your child to make good use of the school library.
  • To help your child with writing:
    Let them see you write – letters, shopping lists etc.
    Encourage your child to write – letters to friends and relatives, thank-you notes, get – well messages.
    Display writing at home – reminders, lists, postcards.
    Be an interested listener and reader.
    Talk over ideas for writing, encourage the reading aloud of drafts and read the final draft with enthusiasm.
    Praise writing done at school. Pay attention to what your child is writing as well as the spelling and punctuation.
  • To help your child with numeracy:
    Do all you can to develop his or her sense of numbers, size, length, weight, width, volume, area and time.
    Remember the influence you have on your child’s attitude to Maths. Comments such as “No one in this family is much good at Maths” or “You’re a girl so you will be better at English” set up enormous barriers to learning.
    Involve your student in Maths around the home – counting change, measuring, weighing, estimating etc.
    Encourage hobbies that require ‘hands-on’ Maths skills and a sense of spatial relationships – making models, assembling kits etc.