St Teresa's vision for reconciliation is to achieve an evident and proud cultural identity along with outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that are comparable with all other students. St Teresa's Catholic College seeks to achieve this vision by walking together with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families and community on a journey of positive change, bringing understanding and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures to the awareness of the whole school community.
To help bridge the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians we commit to creating a culturally safe and understanding environment for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families.
The Indigenous Cultural Program at St Teresa's has 6 full days annually, for Indigenous students and each year level, to engage with Indigenous culture. The program seeks to develop an awareness of social and cultural issues, past and present, and a whole college understanding of the ongoing effects of dispossession. Including Aboriginal spirituality in Religious Education, we value the continuing importance and involvement of Aboriginal people in the life of the College.
Year level themes:
Year 7: What is aboriginal spirituality? What does it mean to be Australian?
Year 8: Reconciliation
Year 9: Being a strong man, being a strong woman. The story of the Emu.
Year 10: Understanding connection and balance: Sad, mad, bad, brokenness and how to heal.
Year 11: What does it mean to lead? What is a leader? Integrity, sacrifice, humility, honour, commitment.
Year 12: Unconscious bias, we are all God's children so who is the other?