A Vision for Reconciliation is an overarching, aspirational statement that provides an opportunity to publicly articulate to the wider community what reconciliation means to St Bernard's School, and what it is that motivates our commitment to reconciliation. This vision sits alongside our Acknowledgement of Country statement to pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of the Country, the Yuggera and Turrbal people.
St Bernard's Vision for Reconciliation:
As a Catholic school in the Josephite tradition St Bernard's School values, respects and formally acknowledges the dignity and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the Traditional Owners of our Nation's Land.
We are committed to answering the need for reconciliation by being in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Through faith, compassion, and service, living lives that show God's love to all we will:
· form collaborative and respectful partnerships within and out of our diverse school community adhering to appropriate cultural protocols.
· provide an inclusive, welcoming and culturally safe environment, while maintaining a deep sense of identity and a place of belonging.
· and offer quality and culturally enriching education for all young people.
Through deepening an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives throughout the curriculum and the cultural life of the community, we are furthering reconciliation and valuing the wisdom and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
St Bernard's Acknowledgement of Country:
St Bernard's School acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we pray, play and learn today, the Yuggera and Turrbal people. We praise and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. May we honour and continue the care and love they show, to ensure a sustainable and love filled future for our world.
© Brisbane Catholic Education, St Bernard's School (2023)