As educators, parents, and citizens, we know that young people do better at school, and in life, if they attend schools where they feel welcome and safe.
Unfortunately, not all students have this experience, and not all students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) feel accepted and respected.
While schools need to provide an inclusive place for all students regardless of their diverse backgrounds, Stand Out is a social action group made up of students and staff working to make a more inclusive and safer environment for members of the LGBTIQ Ringwood Secondary College Community.
The Stand Out Group has run events to celebrate IDAHOBIT day and Wear It Purple day, provided education to students about LGBTIQ issues and consulted with staff about changes to school policy and curriculum that impact LGBTIQ youth.
For more information about Stand Out, Safe Schools program and Victoria Education Department Policy for LGBTIQ Student Support please look at the following resources:
Victoria Education Department Policy for LGBTIQ Student Support
If you would like to be a part of a group that discusses and advocates for equality and respect for all people including those who identify as LGBTIQ+ please come and join us at Stand Out. Everyone is welcome!
Contact a member of the Wellbeing Team for more information.
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.