Caring for Students - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students


 Recent Changes to Abstudy

The government has recently made changes to the Abstudy guidelines. These changes may affect you, and you can click here for the document
If we can help to answer your questions, please contact the school. 



We currently have 145 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at Maitland High School. These wonderful young students embrace and proudly represent their culture in a wide range of initiatives here at school.

Exciting Events

University Holiday Programs





At the start of 2016, Jake joined the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School, hosted by The University of Sydney. Jake lived on campus for six days and eagerly experienced a range of engineering workshops focused on study and careers. 











During our last school holidays, Year 12 student Damien attended the Winter School at The University of New South Wales. This fantastic opportunity allowed Damien to live at the university for a week and experience all that university has to offer. 






To celebrate NAIDOC this year, we took part in an exciting variety of events both inside and outside of the school. 





Monday - reconciliation-themed art activities, where Indigenous students each invited a non-Indigenous student to participate. Their boomerangs used Aboriginal symbolism and fostered meaningful conversations between all the students. 



Tuesday - we were lucky enough to visit from Clayton Donovan - Australia's first Indigenous chef to be awarded a "hat" rating. 







Wednesday - Our boys went to Lambs Valley with Steve Brereton, Cultural and Heritage Officer at Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council. Our girls made paperbark baskets.




Thursday - Steve Lombardi joined us for dancing and story-telling. 




Friday - our "3 on 3 basketball" competition hosted by Hunter Valley Grammar School. Our senior team excelled and made it to the grand final. 






Sporting Events


Nation of Origins Rugby League Tournament, July 2016


Music and Dance







Jannali has been selected as a feature dancer in the hip-hop ensemble for Schools Spectacular. This very popular performing arts showcase is highly competitive, and Jannali's talent for dance shone through. The event will be held in Sydney in November. 







Educational Support

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are supported by a full-time Aboriginal Education Officer, 2 part-time tutors, and an Aboriginal Learning Support Officer. 

Year 6 students coming from our local Partner Primary schools can choose to be a part of our dedicated transition program for Aboriginal students. Contact your local primary school for more information about this program. 

Financial Assistance

Aboriginal students may be eligible for Abstudy financial assistance. We can give you more information about this.