Pirru Thangkuray

Pirru Thangkuray

Dream Strong

Supporting Aboriginal Student Achievement

The ‘Pirru Thangkuray’ program has been developed by the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and its partners to support Aboriginal student achievement. It aligns with the Premier’s Priority to increase the number of Aboriginal students completing their HSC, whilst maintaining their cultural identity.

The AECG has worked with Aboriginal educators and Aboriginal community to create ‘Pirru Thangkuray’, which challenges and supports Aboriginal students to “Dream Strong”. Through participating in the program, students build cultural identity, confidence and the ability to set goals that increase their engagement, motivation and achievement.

Aboriginal students studying in Years 8-12 are eligible and invited to participate in the program.

What is the purpose of the program?

The ‘Pirru Thangkuray’ program supports students to achieve their personal best. It draws upon culture, community and evidence based practices to build the mindset and capabilities for participants to become more self-determining – to confidently take control of their future.

An increased sense of cultural identity, agency and achievement that is developed through the program also contributes to improved student wellbeing.

What will the program consist of?

‘Pirru Thangkuray’ matches participants with coaches to build cultural identity, and to set and achieve personal best goals. The process increases student engagement and promotes learning, growth and development.

The program will be conducted both in and out of school, including after school and school holiday activities. Our program has six stages:

  1. Family
  2. Culture
  3. Identity and Belonging
  4. Personal development
  5. Goal setting
  6. Academic Goals

Who can participate in the program?

Our target group is Aboriginal students, and non-Aboriginal students who are members of the Junior AECG, and studying in Years 8 to 12.

How can I nominate a student to participate in the program?

Parents, families, schools, Aboriginal Education Officers and other Aboriginal staff can nominate students for the program.

Can students self nominate?

We also encourage students to self-nominate by speaking to their family, school, Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO), local AECG and by completing the self nomination registration.

What do I need to do?

Please fill out the form below to nominate:


Nominated Student Details

Please enter the details of the student you would like to nominate.


Details of Person Nominating or Supporting the Student


How will the Student Benefit?

Briefly explain how the student will benefit from participating in the program.