Faith In Action
St. Patrick's College acknowledge's the traditional custodians of the land upon which the school is built, the Tuurbul 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 are fortunate to have a close relationship with local Elder Uncle Eric Law. Together with the Indigenous Advisory Committee, Uncle Eric plays a valuable role in our community. Under the leadership of our Heads of Curriculum and our Program Leader - Identity, we endeavour to embed Indigenous Perspectives across our curriculum.
We are a member of the national organisation, Dare to Lead, and we are very fortunate that several of our families are supported through QATSIF. The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation, known as QATSIF, is an independent public trust established to provide young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders with a secure funding source for educational bursaries and scholarships.
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 daily and in the centre of the College visitors will find our Reconciliation Garden.
Further, St. Patrick's proudly welcomes Indigenous students from both local and remote communities, and in 2012 began a program through which Indigenous students from remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory attend the College and live in a homestay arrangement with a St. Patrick's family. These students enrich our College and we are very grateful for their inclusion in our community.
To support these students, St. Patrick's has a dedicated Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning, in addition to employing a Learning Support Teacher for Indigenous Students to assist with academic progress.