A commitment to Indigenous Education
Loreto Normanhurst’s commitment to Indigenous Education originates in our core purpose, which is to respond to the Mission and Vision of the IBVM and apply these values and principles in all areas, including justice for Australia's First Nations Peoples.
“Our mission is to bring the gospel to life by our own witness and by supporting the spiritual development of individuals and communities. We promote a freedom of referring all to God through spiritual ministries, education, and any other works which meet the needs of our times...”
As a Loreto school, we must respond to these Calls and integrate them into our own LN Mission in relation to every aspect of learning and growth of the person.
In response to this call, our curriculum has evolved to develop in all our students an understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories and communities through experiences, education and relationships.
In 2005, the first 2-week Far North Queensland Experience for Year 9 students was implemented. The Outreach Program has the theme 'Caring for Country, Walking Beside', and incorporates active engagement in the Yarrabah community.
In 2021, we introduced a compulsory immersion for Year 10 students to the remote homelands of Arnhem Land and Cape York. This immersion is unique as it is the traditional owners who invite us onto their homelands where we deepen our understanding of Australia’s First Nations Peoples and their culture and spirituality.
These experiences assist in making sense of and humanising key Indigenous national issues, bringing to the foreground a focus on The Apology to the Stolen Generation, the National Close the Gap Campaign, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week and all that these mean in the deep sense of justice for Australia’s First Nations Peoples.
Loreto Normanhurst is proud to offer a dedicated Indigenous Program to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from across Australia
Loreto Normanhurst offers bursaries to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students so they may have a greater educational opportunity than perhaps is available in their own community. These students are drawn from all over Australia: Bourke, Broome, Darwin and other parts of NSW. The school works in partnership with the students’ families and communities so they remain connected to their community in a relevant and respectful way. This program is supported by generous donations to the school’s Bursary (Welfare) Fund and in its partnership with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF).
For those Indigenous students in our program, we aim to:
For our entire Loreto Community, this program: