Seymour College Reconciliation Statement
Seymour College seeks to respond to today's challenges of nationhood and national identity in a way that comprehends the past and the present, and gives hope for the future.
We acknowledge the strength, courage and survival of Indigenous peoples, their status as traditional custodians of the land, and recognise the impact of history relating to land, cultures, languages and families.
Education has a critical role in supporting Reconciliation and so we make a professional commitment:
- To recognise our shared past, foster understanding, and work together for a shared future based on co-existence of rights in which all people are treated with respect and dignity.
- To actively support and implement a range of principles that value human rights, and counter stereotyping, institutional and personal racism across all cultures and nationalities.
- To support, encourage and promote educational opportunities that consult with and involve local Aboriginal communities, elders and traditional custodians.
- To ensure that all learners in our care and at all stages of schooling undertake studies to celebrate, value and learn from and about Aboriginal peoples - including the diversity of histories, cultures, languages, achievements and issues, past and present.
- To incorporate Aboriginal perspectives throughout the curriculum.
- To promote the use of recommended resources: print, video/DVD, audio, CD, and online, as well as relevant locations and cultural instructors.
- To support and promote an understanding of Indigenous Australian cultures within the general Australian community.
- To work towards encouraging the enrolment of Indigenous students, valuing the individuality of each, acknowledging the diversity of their backgrounds and preferred learning styles and supporting them to achieve success.
- To implement culturally appropriate strategies for Aboriginal learners to achieve equitable learning outcomes through literacy, numeracy and learning technologies.
Projects and Initiatives:
- The Indigenous Focus Group was established in 2004 to promote interest in, and support the College's commitment to, Indigenous matters. Participation is open to students, staff and the wider community, and the group has involvement in various projects including the College's Indigenous Art Exhibition and our Indigenous Cultural Tour.
- We offer specific Indigenous Scholarships to support Indigenous enrolments and increase the diversity of our community.
- Additional support is provided to Indigenous students through the position of Indigenous Student Coordinator. This can take the form of support for school work and pastoral matters, and also extends to include individual and group meetings with the students' families.
- A partnership with AIEF, who provide scholarships and mentoring for Indigenous students.
- Our biennial Indigenous Art Exhibition was first held in 2007 and features works by prominent artists, as well as new works by emerging artists and current student works influenced by Indigenous art and culture.
- Celebrating significant events such as Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week, Harmony Day and Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Week.
In the role of Indigenous Student Coordinator, I am excited to offer our Indigenous students and families specific support and, as part of that, assist where I can to promote significant and relevant learning. I look forward to contributing to, and experiencing, the benefits of our ever-growing, diverse and culturally rich student population at Seymour College.
Indigenous Student Coordinator
Seymour College is a proud partner of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation in achieving proven outcomes in Indigenous education. For more information, head to www.aief.com.au