At Christ The King we are blessed to have a dedicated staff of Aboriginal Teaching Assistants. They bring with them a range of skills, local knowledge and a genuine love for the children of Djarindjin and Lombadina, while actively contributing to a dynamic team environment and assisting with development of teaching programs. Most importantly our ATAs provide cultural advice and arrange and participate in cultural awareness sessions for students, teachers, and the principal. They provide support for Aboriginal children within the classroom setting and provide culturally sensitive pastoral care. ATAs at Christ The King assist in planning and teaching the Aboriginal Culture Program, and without them we could not offer this program. They arrange activities for events of significance such as reconciliation and NAIDOC, and ensure the involvement of the community and local elders in these special events. They also arrange for guest presenters to visit the school. ATAs are a vital link between the school and the community. They ensure that the community is informed about school policies, procedures and curriculum issues. At the same time they keep other school staff informed about issues within the community which may affect students.