St Mary’s has a strong commitment to recognise, appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity, particularly that of Australia’s First Nations people, who were this country’s first teachers, learners, astronomers, physicians and leaders.
Our school is proud of the many opportunities we provide to all students to increase their knowledge of, and pride in, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, language and traditions.
At St Mary’s we prioritise a focus on Aboriginal Education which promotes high expectations of Indigenous students. We work together to
- Embed an Aboriginal perspective in all aspects of the curriculum,
- Provide safe and supportive learning environments that enhance the self-esteem and cultural identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,
- Provide all students with an understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional and contemporary cultures,
- Provide literacy and numeracy support for Aboriginal students when needed,
- Support staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal students, and
- Strengthen relationships with Aboriginal families and the wider community, and look for opportunities to demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation.
Our school Acknowledgement of Country
Long before there were houses, shops, cars and schools in Warners Bay, there were Aboriginal people living on this Country. They looked after the land and the land looked after them. They had laws, jobs and a way of educating their children. We recognise the Awabakal people as the first peoples and original custodians of this land. They hold the key to the oldest living culture on the planet. We pay our respect to the Elders of yesterday, today and tomorrow, who are seeking to walk together in the spirit of reconciliation. May we walk gently together on this land.