Year 10 students at Ringwood Secondary College have, for the past five years, been involved in the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program. The program immerses students in the world of philanthropy, allowing them an allocation of real funds to distribute to charities that have requested funds for programs to benefit the most vulnerable in the community. The process encourages great debate and careful consideration of a number of factors, resulting in the broadening of student perspectives.
With the generous support of the Bendigo Bank Ringwood branch, we have partnered with Interchange Outer East (IOE) to provide our students with the training they need to volunteer their time with young disabled people on camps and excursions. The opportunity allows our students to develop skills in assisting those with disabilities, as well as communication, leadership and team work.
We, the students at Ringwood Secondary College, acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on today.
We appreciate the waterways, mountains, skies, plants and animals from this land and thank our ancestors for their ceremonies of story-telling, music, dance and celebration.
We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging and promise to learn to live in a community that is part of the oldest living culture on Earth and move forwards together to a place of equity, justice and partnership.
We recognise that First Nations sovereignty was never ceded. This was and always will be Aboriginal Land.