Our commitment to social justice calls us to recognise, appreciate and celebrate cultural diversity. A curriculum that is truly Australian provides opportunities for all students to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal heritage, cultures and contemporary issues and spirituality and promote high expectations of Aboriginal students through quality teaching and learning opportunities.
St Patrick’s is committed to the creation of a school community characterised by acceptance, security, justice, happiness and an environment of growth. In order to provide a supportive learning environment for Aboriginal students, it is important to identify the factors which impact on learning and self-esteem and develop strategies to address the specific needs of these students in our school.
St Patrick’s participates in the annual Blessing of The Valley, which is held in August each year in the picturesque vineyard region. This includes a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and Acknowledgement of Country followed by a liturgy and picnic lunch.
Educational achievements of Aboriginal students at St Patrick’s Cessnock are promoted by: