Girls Academy acknowledges the sadness and anger in our community at this time.
The protests against racism are close to the hearts of Girls Academy staff, students and their families. We have an ethnically diverse team and 74 percent of our program staff are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Many of us have felt the impact of racism in our lives.
At Girls Academy, we do really important work. Our vision is “courageous girls inspiring, leading and shaping Australia’s future”. These are fine words but, crucially, they are backed up with concrete action.
We have been working towards this vision since 2004 and we cannot afford to lose our focus now.
We are dedicated to eliminating the inequity faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls every day. Our program is about delivering real change so that their lives will be valued as much as any other, and their voices will be heard as loud as any other.
We will continue to work hard to transform lives through education. We will do this as we have always done — from a place of love and inclusion, sharing and celebrating culture with all Australians.
We remain committed to doing everything we can to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls are given the opportunities they deserve to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Ultimately, it’s the relationships we’ve worked so hard to build in the wider community – not our divisions – that will help us shape a united future.