Australians Together is a not-for-profit organisation that works to ‘help non-Indigenous people learn the true story of our shared history, understand how it’s still having an impact today and imagine new ways to live together more respectfully’. LESNW, and member learning communities, are working with Australians Together to explore different areas of Indigenous relationships.
The next professional learning time for CS Leaders will be Thursday 20 August. This will be a hybrid mode so people can opt to attend face to face or via Zoom/Lifesize. The day will continue the focus on Indigenous perspectives by looking at Dreaming and creation stories, and Indigenous spirituality through personal, academic and Lutheran perspectives.
St Mark’s Lutheran School Mt Barker SA have been working with Australians Together to enact their RAP actions and Deputy Principal Loredana Saracini offers the following reflection:
At St Mark’s we value cultural diversity and through our learning programs aim to inspire students to celebrate the unique nature of our society.
As part of our learning programs, we also seek to bring about understandings of the impact of Australia’s colonial history on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In 2019, St Mark’s began its journey towards formulating and formalising a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history and in particular, the Peramangk people who were the original owners of the land upon which St Mark’s is built.
A RAP is a formal statement of commitment to promoting reconciliation. On December 12th, 2019 the St Mark’s Reconciliation Action Plan was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and the school is now working through 14 actions aimed at creating authentic opportunities for our community to engage in that will broaden our students’ and community’s appreciation for the Peramangk people of the Mt Barker district as well as all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
One of the commitments St Mark’s made to Reconciliation Australia was to provide our whole staff with an opportunity to build and extend their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. To fulfil this commitment we engaged Australians Together for a day of professional learning using Zoom, together with staff of St Michael’s Lutheran School and Lobethal Lutheran School. Staff were delighted with the delivery of quality learning as well as the authentic and engaging resources made available.
I encourage all Lutheran schools to tap into this wonderful resource. I believe the heartfelt message delivered by this organisation is key to our journey towards a reconciled Australia.