Indigenous Education

The College curriculum, College events, and daily classroom activities promote justice and peace, with a particular focus on the poor and marginalised. We seek to support our young men to become critical thinkers who can help to transform our world in the light of Jesus’ teachings.

St Patrick's College acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the school is built, the Turrbul people. We acknowledge that they cared for this beautiful land for countless generations and we pay respect to their unique culture, customs and their stewardship over thousands of years. We recognise that we have a role to play in helping our nation move toward Reconciliation and closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians with particular respect to educational outcomes and opportunities.

We build strong relationships with local Indigenous communities who help to form our young men and offer them opportunities to grow in their understanding of culture, voice and truth for Australia’s First Nations People.

In 2023, St Patrick's College embarked on a new chapter with the official launch of Umbarra, a First Nations' student group.  This significant milestone was born out of consultations with the First Nations' students at St Patrick's College, who expressed a strong desire for a formalised student group that would celebrate their heritage and provide a supportive community.  We stand committed to the ideals of reconciliation, solidarity, and mutual respect, and we look forward to a bright and harmonious future for Umbarra at the College.

Annually, we celebrate key events in the national calendar including National Reconciliation Week, Close the Gap Day and NAIDOC Week. The College proudly flies the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and College visitors will find our Reconciliation Garden.

View the Narragunnawali Reconciliation Action Plan 2021