The purpose of this policy is to describe Mother Teresa's approach to student diversity and to promote inclusion that ensures positive attitudes and responsiveness to diversity in race, economic status, social class, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation and ability.
This policy must be read in conjunction with: Student Wellbeing policy; Student Protection policy; Student Behaviour Support policy; Student Attendance policy; Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying and Harassment in Schools policy; School Uniform policy and the Code of Conduct.
The Queensland Catholic Education Commission position statement on inclusive practices informs us of our responsibility to recognise and respect the rights and needs of every child. This is achieved by providing equitable access to the curriculum, offering maximum learning opportunities and meeting the educational and social needs of all students.
Mother Teresa Primary School educates all to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world. It is the role of all staff in our school to ensure that each student is given the support and encouragement they need to flourish as a human person loved by God. We are challenged by the Church to reach out to all our brothers and sisters in love, acknowledging their diversity, immediate needs, and specific situations (Deus Caritas Est, On Christian Love).
Supporting diversity and being inclusive is about building communities that value, celebrate and respond to diversity, underpinned by respectful relationships between learners, teachers, and caregivers. It is supported by collaborative relationships with communities and governments and shapes the society in which we live and the type of society to which we aspire. Education is recognised as the key pathway to improving equitable economic and social, emotional, and wellbeing outcomes for students.
Every student deserves to flourish and has the right to learn in a safe, supportive, and inclusive school environment, free from discrimination, bullying and harassment. BCE and supports all students, regardless of background, identities, and abilities to access and fully participate in their learning.
BCE believes that every learner:
BCE schools cater for students who have a diverse range of personal characteristics and experiences. As these different student groups experience different barriers to inclusion, BCE commits to continue to develop and implement strategies and policies, and support practices that address the unique needs of: