Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Boonwurrung people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet, teach and learn. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

At St Leonard’s College, we are deeply committed to incorporating an Acknowledgement of Country or Welcome to Country into our events, gatherings and meetings, thereby showing our respect by upholding these Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols.

It is important to note the difference between an Acknowledgement of Country and a Welcome to Country.

An Acknowledgement of Country can be offered by any person and like a Welcome to Country, is given at the beginning of a meeting, speech or event. Our Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for our College community to respectfully recognise the Traditional Owners and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country.

A Welcome to Country can only be delivered by Traditional Owners, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been given permission from Traditional Owners to welcome visitors to their Country on which the event is taking place.

St Leonard’s College recognises that Welcomes to Country and Acknowledgements of Country are protocols that have been practised for thousands of years. For non-Indigenous Australians, Acknowledgement of Country can be a symbol of reconciliation.

Our staff and students throughout all year levels of the College include Acknowledgements of Country at assemblies, meetings, performances and events. One example of our commitment is in our Early Learning Centre, where our children include an Acknowledgement of Country in their morning meeting, as shown in the video below.