We acknowledge that the land upon which St Bede’s is built is, was and always will be traditional land of the Wonnarua and Awabakal nations. St Bede’s would like to pay respect to the tribal elders, and celebrate their continuing culture, and we acknowledge the memory of their ancestors.
At St Bede’s, we believe cultural knowledge and our personal histories are invaluable resources in promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their histories, culture, spirituality and languages.
We look for opportunities to encourage family and community involvement in assisting staff and students enhance their awareness, confidence, competence and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
As a united community we can journey towards a brighter future where Reconciliation and acknowledgment comes from a deeper understanding of country and the Dreaming. St Bede’s aims to enhance this understanding by providing culturally inclusive curricula that respects traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture, appropriate protocols and spirituality and Aboriginal history.
The Teachers and Staff at St Bede’s are committed to actively strengthening relationships with our Aboriginal families and the local community. Working alongside them, we can look to the future where our students will be the leaders of their generation.
Father of all, you gave us the Dreaming
You have spoken to us through our beliefs
You then made your love clear to us in the person of Jesus
We thank you for your care
You own us
You are our hope
Make us strong as we face the problems of change
We ask you to help the people of Australia to listen to us and respect our culture
Make the knowledge of you grow strong in all people
So that you can be at home in us and we can make a home for everyone in our land.
Prayer composed for the meeting between Pope John Paul II and the Aboriginal people