If you’re around St Joseph’s Leeton in the next few weeks, one face might appear new on the scene.
It was recently announced Jassmine Leigh Smith has been appointed as the school’s Aboriginal School and Community Support worker.
New to Leeton, Ms Leigh-Smith says the community has welcomed her with open arms.
“It’s a beautiful place. Everyone is so friendly so my experience has been really great,” she said.
Her new role involves assisting staff in implementation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture into school curriculum, as well as the development of programs and resources for indigenous students.
"I want to encourage participation in community events that acknowledge or celebrate Indigenous people and reconciliation,” she said.
“I will also be connecting with parents and guardians of Indigenous students regarding attendance and learning.”
Ms Leigh-Smith is just one of a number of Aboriginal school and community support workers stepping into similar roles across Wagga diocese.
St Joseph's Principal, Mrs MaryJane Simms was excited to welcome Jassmine to the St Joseph's team.
"Jassmine is very creative and brings fresh ideas for sharing Indigenous culture with our students,” she said.
“She is already proving to be a valuable resource for our staff."