Professional Development Reflections Term 3, 2022.
Tuesday 7th June, 2022. 3:45-5:00pm
On the 7th of June, 2022, the staff at St Andrew’s were given time to explore the ways in which other staff are making Indigenous Australian cultures and perspectives visually represented in our school. We were able to take our own school tour to showcase ways in which we are implementing our school’s RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan).
We were asked to reflect on the following:
- How do we show we RESPECT First Nations histories and cultures?
- How do we show we provide OPPORTUNITIES for learning about First Nations histories and cultures?
- How do we show we engage the wider community and create RELATIONSHIPS with First Nations people in our community?
Here is a slideshow of some of the photos of the spaces at St Andrew’s School, which I took to document and reflect on.
Here is a copy of our RAP Book for Children, it has so many wonderful resources and guiding questions and reflections to use during inquiry in the classroom.
I am very proud to work at a school with professionals who make so much effort to ensure cultures are represented and respected and that students feel comfortable to ask questions, be respectful and inclusive of others.
Recently the Year 6 students have spent time and effort creating a Reconciliation Garden. They were supported by their teacher, Cerys Phillips and Learning Assistant, Lorena Mortimer. Here are some photos of the garden, the signage went up over the school holidays. Very proud of the actions our staff and students are taking at St Andrews.
A lot of credit can be given to Cerys Phillips, one of our Year 6 teachers, and the current Coordinator of Diversity and Equity at St Andrew’s. She is constantly sharing resources, awareness, key dates and creating content for staff and students to use in the classroom. I thank her for her passion in this area of the school. What we do and how we do it, matters. Thankful to work in a culturally inclusive school.