The LESNW office has been working on our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for some time with the goal of gaining full endorsement of that plan by Reconciliation Australia. That formal endorsement came recently and stated “On behalf of Reconciliation Australia, I would like to congratulate Lutheran Education SA, NT & WA on a great plan which we are pleased to endorse as an Innovate RAP”.
This is a significant achievement for us and we would like to thank the ongoing and valued contributions of our Rap Working Group (RWG) comprising LESNW staff as well as our ‘non-office’ advisors, Kerrie Taylor and Jayne Zadow – and their respective schools that enabled their presence at meetings. We also thank Monica Williams (and AISSA) for the valuable ‘kick-start’ she provided through her experience and advice.
Completing the RAP has been a rigorous process that has affected what we do as a team as well as bringing new learning and understanding. Our commitment to ‘what we do’ as described in our RAP has caused us to attend events, listen to stories and engage groups such as Australians Together. Learning has been an inevitable and exciting outcome for us all.
The LESNW RAP can be viewed at this link on the LESNW website (www.lesnw.edu.au) and will soon be posted on the Narragunnawali website (https://www.reconciliation.org.au/narragunnawali/). We would encourage you to look through our office commitment evident in our RAP while understanding that this document is specific to our office and does not encompass our schools. Hence, if you do not have a school RAP of your own, we would encourage you to look further on the Narragunnawali website to get an understanding of how schools can develop their own. It is important to understand the school process is much less complicated and less time-consuming than the business RAP that we were required to do as a representative office.
As an office we now look to how we can further develop and evidence our commitment to our plan and urge all our schools to join us in the learning and outcomes that can come from ‘taking action’.