Waverley College Senior School celebrated ‘Wear it Purple Day’ today, 26 August. This day celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community and is a day which exemplifies the inclusive nature of the College, underpinned by the EREA touchstones.
This year, we created a video, with a script written by our LGBTQIA+ student advocacy group, and spoken by some of our current and future leaders. In the video, we highlight the importance of being kind and accepting towards one another, and how to be a supportive ally.
Two very special guests, Ian Roberts and Peta Friend, worked with the students to create this video, that was screened at assembly this week. In addition, we handed out purple ribbons to students who wished to wear one, to show their support today.
We hope you enjoy our special ‘Wear it Purple Day’ video below.
We are committed to creating a safe and caring school environment for every student. We use Wear it Purple Day and IDAHOBIT day to celebrate the changes we are creating, which are both part of a bigger, three-year strategic plan.
In line with the EREA Safe and Inclusive Schools Policy, Waverley has been developing this strategic plan to underpin a range of initiatives that will continue to enhance the inclusion of staff, students and community, who identify as part of our LGBTQIA+ community. This plan will deliver initiatives and adjustments across the following areas:
It will be rolled out by members of our LGBTQIA+ staff advocacy group, who meet twice a term to discuss and update each initiative. In addition to this, we have a well-established LGBTQIA+ student advocacy group, who meet two to three times per term.
This group offers support to each other while respecting individuals’ privacy and personal boundaries. The students have input into the strategic plan, with the content of our meetings ranging from delivering an initiative, to eating lunch in a safe, shared space.
Students interested in joining our LGBTQIA+ group should ask their Head of House, or contact me for more information.
Ms Tessa Prior