Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement



Cultural Champions News

Our First Nations Education Facilitators have worked tirelessly to ensure compliance with the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), that was created last year. Listed are a few highlights, with opportunities in Term 4 to gather and celebrate the remarkable progress that has been made with this group.

Historical Glimpse of Action:

  • Key First Nations Australians staff employed Ms Tesha Cox, Aunty Di Price, Auntie Jennie

  • Resource Centre Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts displayed

  • Collaboration of Community Artwork with Shannon Brett - displayed in MPSC

  • National Apology and the DoE Commitment to First Nations People in foyer of school

  • NAIDOC Week celebrations; Artwork displayed in A block conference room

  • Tea with Aunties each semester

  • Key stakeholder First Nations Peoples Education Committee


Mar: Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee formation; families, staff and community invited

Apr: RAP Committee met - 13 interested members including community, parents and staff

May: Sorry Day – Principal read the National Apology over PA to all form classes Jul, Sep: RAP drafted and formalised; initiatives included into school calendar; FNEF action group draft recognising success cultural safety program for students/ draft badge designs

Oct: Senior Graduation Ceremony showcased smoking ceremony and didgeridoo player; Formed FNEF - (First Nations Education Facilitators) group; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to develop BRSHS Living Cultural program and activities in school year; BRSHS Living Deadly Mob Yarn – 66 students and family members gather and yarn about mob and country connections; aim for a mob yarn each term to build cultural identity.

Nov: RAP Working Document Launched and ratified by Reconciliation Australia with school council, families, students and staff invited; Welcome to Turrbul​ country sign displayed in every class; Acknowledgement of Country wording included in student planner and on school website/stationery; Developed working relationships with Zillmere Kurbingui organisation to enrich school program with additional support and community elders.


Feb: Leadership Induction Ceremony – Welcome to Country by Uncle Alex;

Mar: FNEF and Wellbeing Team collaboration; QATSIF student scholarships application

May: 26th Sorry Day whole school assembly, Family Story led by Ms Tesha Cox; National Reconciliation Week activities and whole school involvement; First Nations Australiana Spice Markets (First Nations Australians Food HPJ event), Uncle Alex and Kurbingui guests attend event

Jun: Staff professional development training – Crossing cultures workshop;

Jul: NAIDOC Week activities and whole school involvement; Purchase of new library, wellbeing and teaching resources;

Aug: Student success program highlighted to Leadership Team; Student badges finalised

Sep: Cultural Capability Training professional development, Sharon Davies – Black Card Capability Training & State Library Family Histories Unit PD

Oct: Cultural Champions newsletter included on school website to share First Nations Australians Education news and the schools reconciliation progress; First Nations Peoples Education survey – students, parents, staff; Fo​​rmal review of RAP working document

Nov: First Nations Australians Champions Workshops developed to address cross cultural perspectives, histories, embedded curriculum; Living Deadly Mob Yarn Family BBQ and introduce Brack-n-Deadly Recognising Success Program ready for launch 2023. – ready for delivery in 2023​

Last reviewed 10 November 2022
Last updated 10 November 2022