Perth Waldorf School
Reconciliation Action Plan
Perth Waldorf School has an officially recognised and published RAP! This is their vision statement for Reconciliation – an overarching, aspirational statement that provides an opportunity to publicly articulate to the wider community what reconciliation means to their school.
OUR VISION FOR RECONCILIATION
Perth Waldorf School values its continued association with the Whadjuk Noongar People, the Traditional Custodians of the Land upon which we teach, learn, and grow. Our vision for reconciliation seeks to honour and develop this relationship by providing a welcoming environment that cherishes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and knowledges; recognising intergenerational traumas inflicted by colonisation and actively facilitating justice and healing; and working towards building a society that celebrates diversity and equity, connecting all of us through our shared humanity.
This vision will sustain our commitment to:
- build mutually respectful, inclusive, and culturally sensitive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including consultative partnerships with our local Elders and communities, and supportive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families connected to our school.
- explore, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the alignment of Steiner education and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, cultural and spiritual perspectives – pedagogically, economically, and socially.
- renew, ongoing, our understanding of this alignment, and its inclusion and application within the Australian Steiner Curriculum, its framework, teaching methodologies and resources.
- build a school culture that honours the diversity comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, and contributions, and celebrates their resilience in the face of intergenerational trauma and injustice.
- maximise the role that the education we offer plays in healing and ameliorating the deleterious impact of colonisation upon lives, cultures, families and rights to live on Traditional Lands.
- embed reconciliation across all areas of studies, on a whole school level, using a strength-based approach that recognises the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.
- facilitate equitable access to Steiner schooling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
- promote whole-school immersion in Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education program.