Dear parents and carers,

As you will no doubt have seen, current restrictions will be eased as of midnight tonight, which means we are able to welcome back all students on-site tomorrow, Thursday 18 February, for regular classes.

After much deliberation and consultation with the college community we have decided to go ahead with our planned student free day on Friday 19 February. This day has been in the calendar for some time and is for all staff to undertake Cultural Understanding and Safety Training (CUST), which is led by our Koorie Education Support Officer (KESO) Howard Armstrong and supported by traditional owners Uncle Rick Ronnan and Wayne Cowley as well as other KESOs Paul Clarke and Simon Briggs. Paul Hon from the Department of Education and Training will also be present and is excited to attend.

CUST is an important way for the college staff to gather and engage in an authentic opportunity to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, histories, culture and experience through local Aboriginal story telling. The training provides the college with an opportunity to collectively review their existing whole-college approaches to Koorie cultural inclusion and to really think about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives are embedded within curriculum content.

The decision to proceed with this day has not been taken lightly and I thank all members of the Echuca College community for their support to allow our staff to undertake this important training.

We look forward to welcoming back all students tomorrow. Further information about ongoing COVIDSafe protocols at Echuca College will be sent out as soon as possible.

Regards,

Simon Wood
Acting Principal – Echuca College