Pirru Thangkuray

Pirru Thangkuray

The NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) have developed and is implementing a Cultural Engagement and Goal Setting Program ‘Pirru Thangkuray’. The program is designed to align with the Premiers Priority in increasing the number of Aboriginal students completing their HSC, whilst maintaining their cultural identity. To support schools in achieving this, Aboriginal students studying in Years 8-12 are eligible and invited to participate in the program.

The model has been developed using direct engagement with Aboriginal educators and Aboriginal community to encourage students to fulfil their goals and aspirations. Pirru Thangkuray provides support in sustaining educational outcomes for students through the delivery of Aboriginal perspectives and culturally appropriate content.

What is the purpose of the program?

The program is designed to be engaging, fun and support Aboriginal and other school students build their self-esteem, self-confidence, cultural identity, sense of well-being and realise their academic potential.

What will the program consist of?

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

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

How can I send a student to the program?

Parents, families, schools, Aboriginal Education Officers and other Aboriginal staff can nominate students for the program through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process. We encourage students to nominate themselves by speaking to their family, school, Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO), local AECG or by completing an EOI themselves. Parent/Carer signature is required.

What do I need to do?

Request an EOI form or forward student details and following information: to the details below:

  1. Name, address and contact details for the student including Parent/Carer contact and signature.
  2. Person nominating (other than the student) or supporting the student, their relationship to the student and commitment to supporting the student’s involvement in the program, if appropriate.
  3. A brief explanation of how you think the student will benefit from being involved.
  4. Aboriginality.

For more info please contact Troy Freeburn on 0428 957 607 or via email troy.freeburn@aecg.nsw.edu.au



Pirru Thangkuray Updates

November 2020
In 1916 this 104-year-old compass belonging to Aboriginal soldier Private Mick Flick helped him navigate through the fields of the Western Front in France and then pointed the way back home to Collarenebri in North West NSW.

In 2020, this same compass guides his great-great grandson Dominic Flick to realise his cultural goal of carrying this amazing family story into the future. Through his engagement in the Pirru Thangkuray – Dream Strong program, Dom identified wanting to be the keeper of his great-great-grandfathers story for his generation as one of his cultural goals. Listen to his story.


November 2020
As part of our Pirru Thangkuray initiative, students from Peak Hill Central School and Narromine High School made Quandong Key rings….. and they just look deadly!!

Acknowledgement of Country

The NSW AECG Inc. acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of this nation. We also acknowledge past, present and emerging Elders  and the continuation and celebration of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should also be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have passed away.