Our College Patron Saint is St Francis of Assisi. He dedicated his life to serving the poor and marginalised in his community. Together with St Clare, he acknowledged that reconciliation was necessary and pivotal to living a whole and full life. It is through the expression of God's love that forgiveness is able to occur. St Francis and St Clare taught that reconciliation is needed to be an integrated practise in the lives of Catholic adherents, yet one does not simply forget the pain endured prior to reconciliation. It is promoted through the love, works and teachings that new opportunities for growth, change and learning can occur.
The vision for St Francis College's Reconciliation Action Plan, outlines the College's continued commitment to playing our role in the act of reconciliation. The intent of this plan is to build upon our existing, meaningful partnerships and opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
St Francis College's vision for reconciliation is to achieve a proud cultural identity along with outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that are comparable with all other students. St Francis College seeks to achieve this vision by walking together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, their families and the wider community. This journey of positive change aims to bring an understanding of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures between the College and stakeholders within our community. This process will help promote mutually beneficial relationships which are sustainable.
To help bridge the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians, we commit to creating a culturally safe and understanding environment for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families.
St Francis College acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this Country, the Jagera and Yugambeh people and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to them and to Elders of all nations past, present and emerging for they hold the teachings, traditions and memories of their cultures.
Our full Reconciliation Action Plan, which is our formal statement of commitment to reconciliation, can be read here.