Wesley College is proud to have worked with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and advisors to create our Reconciliation Action Plan.
The Reconciliation Action Plan was officially launched on 29 July 2020 and can be found here.
Our vision for reconciliation is an Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised for their history and cultures, are celebrated for their knowledge and are able to pursue any opportunity they wish.
Education is a key part of this, and we are proud of our Moorditj Mob program and the scholarships we have available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
To borrow some words from the NAIDOC website: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.”
At Wesley we hope to keep adding to that list of firsts.
Our Moorditj Mob program has offered the opportunity of a world-class education to more than 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys. Who knows what doors they will open, what firsts they will achieve.
Wesley College has always been committed to the meaningful journey of Reconciliation, fostering deep connections and relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples.
Reconciliation is a matter of the heart for each person. It is a way of living, knowing, understanding, connecting and feeling.
It is about celebrating the cultures, languages, practices and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and forging a reconciled future of mutual respect, equality, and truth-telling in and out of the classroom.
Up until now, Wesley’s steps in advancing reconciliation have been organic, evolving and developing as our Moorditj Mob program evolved and developed.
However, this important document, the RAP, allows us to extend our existing initiatives and continue our journey in a structured way that is embedded in all aspects of College life. It outlines what we’re currently doing and what we plan to do.
The RAP will develop year on year. As it does so, we will continue to respectfully acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation as the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we stand and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.
It is our hope that this Reconciliation Action Plan will play a significant part in the healing process, promoting optimism of a time when equality and equity are actively fostered between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our community and when reconciliation is a lived reality and not simply an idea.