Our commitment to social justice calls us to recognise, appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity. A curriculum that is truly Australian provides opportunities for all students to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal heritage, cultures and contemporary issues and spirituality and promote high expectations of Indigenous students through quality teaching and learning opportunities.
Holy Cross is committed to the creation of a school community displaying characteristics of acceptance, security, tolerance, reconciliation, happiness, and an environment of growth. To provide a supportive learning environment for Aboriginal students, it is important to identify the factors that impact on learning and self-esteem and develop strategies to address the specific needs of these students in our school.
Holy Cross employs a dedicated Aboriginal Education teacher, Richard “Roo” Faulkner. Roo supports the implementation of educational achievements of Aboriginal students by assisting staff, students, and families to:
- embed an Aboriginal perspective in all aspects of curriculum
- ensure we identify, name, and acknowledge the traditional custodians of our land, the Awabakal people
- provide safe and supportive learning environments that enhance the self-esteem and cultural identity of Aboriginal students
- provide all students with an understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional and contemporary cultures
- provide literacy and numeracy support for Aboriginal students where needed
- support staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal students
- develop individual plans and personalised learning plans for Aboriginal students
- strengthen relationships with Aboriginal families and the wider community and look for opportunities for reconciliation and acknowledgement.