ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Knox Grammar School acknowledges that the land on which we learn, play and work as the traditional country of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and pay respect to our local communities of the Guringai and Dharug Peoples.
We acknowledge these traditional owners of this land and acknowledge their living cultures and the unique roles they have played in maintaining life, language and culture in this region.
We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and all Aboriginal people.
Building knowledge and awareness of indigenous culture and heritage is an important part of our School’s educational philosophy and our social responsibility. We seek to raise students who have a deep knowledge and respect for indigenous heritage with a commitment to reconciliation action.
As part of their education at Knox, all students participate in a wide range of programs to build their cultural knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal histories and cultures. We also develop cultural knowledge across our community as our Aboriginal students and local community members share their stories and knowledge at assembles and events.
Special events and ceremonies mark NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week and annual Indigenous Round of Sport and are embedded in classroom programs. Our students also have opportunities to participate in events hosted by the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and cultural immersions such as participation in the Goodooga Indigenous Games and working with communities in Walgett, Nyngan and Enngonia in rural NSW.
In 2020, all Year 7 students participated in an Indigenous Cultural Immersion and a special tribute to our Aboriginal heritage is featured in our centenary mural.
A committee of students and staff are also working to finalise a Reconciliation Action Plan for the School.
Indigenous educational opportunities
Knox is a proud partner with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). This partnership provides opportunities for rural and regional indigenous students to attend Knox Grammar School as Boarders.
The Martin, Barbara, Berend, and Matthew Hollander Indigenous Scholarship, in partnership with the School, provides opportunities for local indigenous students to attend Knox Grammar School as Day Students.
For more information, please contact Helen Clarke, Head of Diversity Justice and Stewardship.