In 2019, Ignatius Park College completed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) under the guidance of Reconciliation Australia through the Narragunnawali school model. A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a document that provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement. For schools across the country, completing a RAP is done using this model. More details regarding RAP’s for schools in Australia can be located here: https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/
Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) launched their own Reconciliation Action Plan in 2019 and as a result, are now strongly encouraging all EREA schools in the country to create their own RAP. At the commencement of 2020, IPC was one of only two schools in Qld to have a Narragunnawali Reconciliation Action Plan and as a result staff from IPC were asked to present their RAP at a state-wide Reconciliation Forum held in Brisbane in February 2020.
The IPC RAP was completed by a Working Group comprising of IPC staff, parents and members of the community. The group broke down the development of the RAP into 4 stages (Planning, Design, Follow Up and Implementation). Currently, the College is implementing its RAP and is doing this through following up on Actions and Goals raised in the RAP.
The creation of the IPC Reconciliation Action Plan was a valuable exercise for our school and allowed us to reflect on our practices and programs to ensure they maintain the vision of Reconciliation in our school community.