The South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) is a unique sporting and educational program that provides Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander high school students with the skills, opportunities and confidence to Dream, Believe and Achieve in the areas of sport, education, employment and healthy living. It aims to support positive indigenous achievement and to encourage students to engage in programs covering key curriculum areas.
SAASTA is delivered in South Australian state schools and targets senior secondary students who are studying the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). While sport and recreation is a major focus of the academies, they do not only cater for the sporting elite. SAASTA is open to any student who is committed and passionate about pursuing success in education.
With a focus around attendance, successful outcomes and sport, EJEHS supports students in mapping a specific pathway to achieve their SACE. SAASTA curriculum is delivered in a structured and highly supported environment which includes the use of mentors, coaches, key teachers and industry experts.
Generally, students are enrolled in two SAASTA subjects. 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.
The aim of SAASTA is to raise student expectations in the areas of attendance, participation, educational achievement and behaviour. Because of this approach, the students are considered ambassadors and role models who represent not only SAASTA but their schools, families and communities. Students are required to achieve and maintain a set of standards which are expected across all SAASTA sites across the state.
The following list of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) acts as a guide which all academy students must achieve:
- Achieve academic success in all curriculum areas including non-SAASTA subjects
- Maintain a strong attendance rate (minimum 80%)
- Adhere to the school Behaviour Management Code
- Show a high standard of team work and actively participate in ALL aspects of SAASTA
- Represent SAASTA at school, in the community and at events and competitions in a positive manner
- Show a high standard of respect and courtesy toward ALL staff, students, coaches and visitors
- Conduct themselves with a high standard of sportsmanship in all aspects of practice and competition
- Wear the SAASTA uniform with pride and with a high manner of respect for the brand
SAASTA subject Guide:
- SAASTA Integrated Learning Stage 1 & 2
- SAASTA Certificate III in Sport & Recreation
- SAASTA English
- SAASTA Research Project Guide
- Additional Qualifications
Currently, students from Edward John Eyre High School and Whyalla High School join students from Stuart High School to undertake the SAASTA program for 2015. As of 2016, the SAASTA program will be based at the campus of University of South Australia. The two focus areas are:
SAASTA Integrated Learning Stage 1 & 2
Aimed at both male and female students, the Aboriginal Power Cup (APC) subject offers a dynamic curriculum which culminates in the annual Aboriginal Power Cup Carnival. The three-day event focuses on cultural activities, health, career and tertiary pathways and the much hyped 9-A-Side football competition, which is hotly contested by each of our academies.
SAASTA Certificate III in Sport & Recreation
This has developed as a VET subject and is aimed at sports-minded students. The course equips students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications to enter into further studies and/or assist in gaining employment in the sports industry, as well as the potential to further enhance elite sporting careers.