Racism

 Rationale:

Racism has a negative and detrimental impact on staff, students and school culture. Racism compromises the ability of students to learn, creates unhappiness and distrust, destroys confidence and relationships, and has a negative effect upon the ethos, tone and values of our school. Racist comment, behaviours and practices are unwelcome at our school.

Aims:

To enjoy a school environment enriched by cultural diversity that values, encourages and celebrates that racial diversity.

Implementation:

  • Racist comments, behaviours or practices are unwelcome at our school and must be reported to the relevant Deputy Principal and will be investigated and dealt with accordingly. The ARCO (Anti-Racism Contact Officer) can assist with the preparation of a complaint and can assist victims of racism in dealing with the issue.
  • Under the federal Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person or group on the ground of their race.
  • Staff, students and members of the school community will be familiar with the school's approach to racism and are provided with information relating to their rights and responsibilities via the Park Press, assemblies and Year Meetings.
  • Our school will ensure that all groups who are affected by decision-making outcomes are consulted, will be represented as members of decision-making bodies, will have their input treated fairly, and all decision-making processes and outcomes will be meritorious and non-racist.
  • The school curriculum will be free of racist content but will discuss and analyse instances of racism, effects of racism, advantages of multiculturalism and inclusiveness, and will assist students to further develop attitudes and skills that discourage, challenge and report racist practices.
  • Multiculturalism will be celebrated in our school community, particularly during Harmony week, Bridge to Asia day, Reconciliation Week and other community celebrations, showcasing our various community cultures. Our relationship with our sister school in Japan, Omiya Kita High School, and the reciprocal exchange program will be supported and celebrated. Visiting artists from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds will be invited to the school. Parents of all students will be invited to participate in school activities such as camps, excursions and committees.
  •  Students from non-English speaking backgrounds will have access to ESL (English as a Second Language) prorams.
  • Essential notices, newsletters, student reports, permission forms, etc. will be provided in languages consistent with the needs of community members.
  • Interpreters will be arranged where required.

Evaluation:

This policy was formed was originally formed, and will be reviewed , in consultation with all members of the wider community (staff, parents, students and interested members of the community) as part of the school's three-year review cycle.

This policy was last ratified by School Council in 2010 (currently under review)