The Ignatius Park College community would like to humbly acknowledge the Wulgurukaba people, on whose Land our College is located, as well as the Bindal people, on whose Land many students live and travel across daily. We respectfully thank the Elders of these traditional Lands both past and present for guiding us through the journey of time to where we are today. This spiritual and cultural journey is significant in allowing the freedoms our society has today. As a College, we reflect on the histories of Australia and its First Nations peoples and respectfully ask all Elders to guide us to a promising and enriching future. As a community, we need to ensure that we continue to develop our minds to be respectful and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. alongside all people who make up this country of Australia.
Ignatius Park College ensures that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students and programs are embedded into the daily life of the school. Programs have been running at the College in some capacity for several years now and due to the success of these programs and opportunities, the number of Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander students has increased to its current number of 108. This is the largest number of enrolled students in the College’s history and is something the school is extremely proud of. A range of opportunities to engage, learn about and appreciate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture present themselves to all members of the College community in their time at IPC and the following links will break these down for more specific details.
Ignatius Park College’s Vision for Reconciliation
As a proud Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, Ignatius Park College aspires to be an inclusive community that provides a holistic education which enables our students to become young men who have the skill and desire to create a better world for all. The College is committed to the Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Touchstones Philosophy of offering Liberating Education, based on a Gospel Spiritualty, within an Inclusive Community committed to Justice and Solidarity. As such, our vision for reconciliation is for a community in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as well as non-Indigenous students have equal and equitable opportunities to succeed, and in which the values of respect, empathy, solidarity and compassion shape our daily practices. We aim to achieve this by celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families within our school community, alongside their cultures, histories, connections to Country, spirituality, stories, traditions and continuing contributions. We recognise how much we must learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, so we aim to provide a community where all members enter relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with open minds and hearts. The goal of Ignatius Park College in establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan is to formalise, confirm and build on the work and programs that have been developed towards a sustainable approach to reconciliation for our College community.