Reconciliation Action Plan
At The Hutchins School we have begun our journey towards the adoption of a Reconciliation Action Plan. Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) enable organisations, including schools and other educational institutions, to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation.
Based around the core pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities, RAPs seek to provide tangible and substantive benefits for Australian First Nations peoples, increasing equity and supporting First Nations voice and self-determination. At Hutchins, supporting and guiding our work is a Working Group, made up of members of the School community, including present and former students, staff, the Headmaster, as well as staff from the University of Tasmania.
The actions of the Working Group so far have resulted in a revised Acknowledgment of Country and a Vision for Reconciliation for the School. This work seeks to increase awareness amongst staff, students and the wider community of the importance of culturally appropriate quality education. Importantly, we seek to make Hutchins more reflective of First Nations culture, history and worldviews, as well as making the School more inviting and responsive to First Nations students, parents and community members.
Acknowledgement of Country
We humbly and respectfully acknowledge the mouheneenner people of the South East Nation as the original custodians of the unceded kriwa lands on which this School stands; lands taken violently and without consent. We sadly acknowledge that none of the mouheneenner people are believed to have survived colonisation.
We acknowledge that these lands have been nurtured and protected by countless generations of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The Hutchins School recognises and is deeply grateful for the continuing custodianship of their land.
We acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal people and their Elders, past, present, and emerging, as well as First Nations people from other lands who may be here.
As a school, we commit to walking together with Tasmanian Aboriginal people to pursue healing through Voice, Treaty and Truth-Telling.
The Hutchins School Vision for Reconciliation
The Hutchins School is committed to active Reconciliation.
As an institution of open inquiry and learning, we commit to walk with and work together with members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community. As a school, we commit to listen to, and learn from, the truth of the past, and to contribute to a shared and common future together.
As an integral part of our Vision, The Hutchins School explicitly affirms and commits to be an active advocate for Voice, Treaty and Truth-Telling.
Our Vision is to journey, learn and dream together; to broaden our knowledge and respect for the world’s oldest living culture; to provide opportunities for Aboriginal peoples, voices, world views, identity, knowledge and culture to be more visible, heard, respected and honoured throughout our School. We recognise that we have much to learn from the knowledge, practices and perspectives of Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
Our Vision for reconciliation is one that that embraces all of us, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, and embodies the values of humility, kindness, courage and respect.
The Hutchins School will actively challenge itself in meeting this Vision for Reconciliation. As a whole-of-school responsibility, this Vision will be reflected in our leadership and decision-making, and we will be held accountable for this Vision’s practical realisation.