We strive to create a school where everyone can bring their full identity to school. We commit to protecting and celebrating diversity.
We embrace, honour and celebrate our differences across race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender orientation, abilities, socio-economic class, and other characteristics that construct our unique identities.
We create a space in which every staff member, student, and family member is valued, respected, and honoured for their contributions. Our school embodies:
Inclusive education means that all young people living with disabilities or who need specialist support can achieve and grow. We do not discriminate against young people with different abilities and needs. We adjust our teaching so that all young people can engage in education.
All of our young people and their support teams meet for 4 Student Support Groups (SSGs) each year, where we update student Individual Education Plans to ensure a high quality education for every child.
The Berry Street School Reconciliation Action Plan
Berry Street School has launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). A RAP is a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation. Our school, alongside the supports of our RAP Professional Learning Community, used the Narragunnawali platform to begin our new journey.
At the Berry Street School, we are committed to developing environments that foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
Vision for reconciliation
Our vision for reconciliation is a nation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are acknowledged as the Traditional Custodians of the land, skies and waterways. Our vision for reconciliation is to live in a nation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are acknowledged as the Traditional Custodians. We aspire to be a society where the influential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are heard, valued, respected and accepted as an integral part of Australia’s identity.
The Berry Street School is committed to creating a reconciled learning environment that embeds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the classroom, playground and community. We are committed to teaching our true and shared histories and establishing a culturally safe environment. The Berry Street School will continue to celebrate and elevate the longest living culture in the world.
We have a responsibility to ensure a culturally safe, aware and responsive classroom and curriculum.
We commit to embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in class every day to un-teach racism.
We will provide students with opportunities to build the knowledge and confidence needed to challenge community perspectives.
We commit to actively listening, respecting and valuing the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families, carers and communities by supporting cultural connections for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to grow up connected to their cultures.