CSNSW recognises Aboriginal people as the original inhabitants of Australia, and embraces the rich culture, diversity, languages and customs that exists both within and across Australia’s many Aboriginal Nations. As such, Catholic education is committed to supporting the Government’s priorities by improving school attendance and maximising the learning opportunities for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
CSNSW is committed to exceeding the learning and life outcomes for each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Framework 2016-2018 and Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019 confirms our actions in supporting all teachers, schools and communities build a culturally inclusive school environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. It demonstrates our commitment to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy 2015 vision that;
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people achieve their full learning potential, are empowered to shape their own futures, and are supported to embrace their culture and identity as Australia’s First Nations peoples.
At CSNSW we believe each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student can achieve success in life and learning when diversity is valued and shared wisdom contributes to decision-making that enriches and enlivens our world.
Artist: Elijah Charet from Casimir College, Marrickville
As Pope John Paul II recognised in his historic address to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at Alice Springs in 1986: You are part of Australia and Australia is a part of you. And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you (the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia) have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others.