Indigenous Education Program: Reconciliation Action Plan
August 21, 2020
St Patrick’s College is excited to begin its process of developing a new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), that will be created through extensive collaboration between the whole College community, our broader Ballarat community and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. Members of the Wathaurong Nation, who are the traditional owners of the grounds upon which the College is situated, are already working in conjunction with our Indigenous Education Program to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students, however the proposed Reconciliation Action Plan will also take a national view with consideration of current and future students who come from across Australia.
Building on the foundations of our previous Reconciliation Action Plans, St Patrick’s College is inviting students, staff, family and members of the broader community to participate in this process, including an opportunity to be a part of the RAP committee, guide actions or simply share with us your insights and ideas. Specific actions will be identified that will develop reconciliation within the classroom, around the school and across our broader community. The commitment to these actions and their formations will be developed in partnership with Narragunnawali and Reconciliation Australia.
In order to gauge where we are now and where our journey needs to take us, three separate surveys have been created for staff, teachers and students. All members of the College community are encouraged to complete these with honesty and reflection. If you would like to know more about the RAP process, the committee formation or the survey please contact Jason Napior, Indigenous Education Manager, via email at Jnapior@stpats.vic.edu.au