Dear St Michael’s College Community,
Staff Professional Development: Friday 10 June 2022 (Pupil Free Day)
Week 6 of the College calendar incorporates a student free day (10/06/22) to allow staff the opportunity to undertake important professional development. The focus across both the Primary and the Secondary Campuses will be “Cultural Awareness”.
With guidance of “Your Mob Learning” (Secondary Campus) and the Tjindu Foundation” (Primary Campus), all staff will be involved in cultural awareness workshops where we will learn about traditional culture, language, and the history of Indigenous Australians. Through a shared journey of understanding and empathy of pre and post-colonial Aboriginal history, as a community, we will develop an understanding and appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories and look towards meaningful reconciliation.
The College makes a commitment to understanding the knowledge of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their relationship to Country and sovereignty. Staff will be encouraged to undertake critical thinking and reflection on one’s own understanding of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities and the social, cultural, political context and race relations within Australia and what it means to collectively strive toward reconciliation.
The College leadership team sincerely thank those parents and guardians who were able to complete the PaCS Survey. We look forward to receiving the data which will provide an opportunity for the College to review and reflect on processes where necessary and to continue to develop our strategic priorities.
We anticipate undertaking these types of surveys on a more regular basis, however, the doors for communication are always open and we willingly accept constructive feedback at any time.
Mr Damian Patton