St Virgil's College

VISION FOR RECONCILIATION

In partnership with Reconciliation Australia, St Virgil’s College has committed to creating and implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to help advance, strengthen and authenticate reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians both nationally and within our own community. 

St Virgil’s College recognises that access to and participation in a liberating education are fundamental to fostering equality and equity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. As a Catholic School for boys in the Edmund Rice tradition, we draw inspiration from our founder Blessed Edmund Rice and honour the faith, justice and inclusive practices described in our Charter for Edmund Rice Education Australia schools. The Charter is expressed through four Touchstones: Gospel Spirituality, Liberating Education, Inclusive Community and Justice and Solidarity and these Touchstones provide us with a strong foundation and ongoing guidance in our reconciliation journey. We recognise the First Nations peoples of Australia as the original and continuing Custodians of the Land upon which we learn and teach. We seek opportunities to engage with and learn about the continuing cultures of First Nations peoples; their spiritualities, their rich traditions of storytelling and the deep attachment evident in their care and knowledge of Country. 

Our teachers and support staff are committed to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and stories are respectfully embedded into our learning and teaching programmes so that our students and our entire community learn the true histories of our country. We acknowledge the continuing trauma endured by First Nations peoples of Australia since colonisation, as well as the continued strengths and resilience of First Nations peoples, as we work towards healing by seeking justice for past and present wrongs. We are committed to fostering a welcoming, safe and supportive community where all people are heard, respected and recognised as having the right to share in the common good. 

Our faith and traditions call St Virgil’s College to build an inclusive community where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians can walk hand in hand to recognise past hurt, celebrate our shared humanity and build a better, more just and reconciled society.   

 

 

JOIN THIS RAP
Type
School
State/Territory
TAS
Duration
April 2020 to April 2021
Actions
Action
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Classroom View
Welcome to Country View
Cultural Competence for Staff View
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representation on Committees View
Create Stakeholder List View
Family and Community Room View
Reconciliation Network View
Teach about Reconciliation View
Curriculum Planning View
Explore Current Affairs and Issues View
Opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and Children View
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags View
Inclusive Policies View
Acknowledgement of Country View
Take Action Against Racism View
Celebrate RAP Progress View
Celebrate National Reconciliation Week View
Staff Engagement with RAP View
Build Relationships with Community View
Teach about Days of National Significance View
Physical Acknowledgement of Country View
RAP Budget Allocation View
Elders and Traditional Owners Share Histories and Cultures View
Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Owned Businesses View
RAP Launch View
Visibly Demonstrate Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures View
Cultural Competence for Students and Children View
Local Sites, Events and Excursions View
Reconciliation Projects View
Recognise and Respect Rights View
Care for Country View
Celebrate Days of National Significance View
Embed Cross-curriculum Priority - School Specific View
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - School Specific View
Reconciliation Awards View
Employment Strategy View
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages View
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