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Welcome to XY

School YX
In our school Diversity means Knowledge

In XY School YX diversity means knowledge

We want our school to be


described as
theschool with no rules, no
uniforms, and no bullying

Our approach is based upon the values of compassion, inclusion,


acceptance and commitment
In our school we follow the guidelines of The Melbourne
Declaration Article:
Goal 1 We thrive to promote equity and excellence

Goal 2 We help our students to become successful


learners, confident and creative individuals, active and informed
citizens

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Statistics in Victoria

Around 10 per cent of our school communities experience


feelings of same sex attraction, or identify as gay, lesbian
or bisexual.
In 2010 only 19 per cent of same sex attracted students
reported that their school was supportive of their
sexuality.
(Department
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Childhood Development, 2013)

of Education and Early

How are we different from other schools?


Uniform Policy
Our school is uniform free we wantour students to:
Express theiruniqueness
Express theirindividuality
Feel comfortablewith what they are wearing
Accept othersas they come
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How are we different from other


schools?
Bathroom and Changing Rooms Policy
In our school we understand the importance to feel
comfortable and safe all the times of the day for this
reason in our school;
We builtgender neutral toilets/ gender neutralcubicles
for students to change after sport activities
While some user groups requiregender separate facilities
(Islamic toilet etiquette),which would be provided,
gender neutral cubicles are mainly used in our school.
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How are we different


from other schools?
In our school we have no tolerance in Bullying!
Homophobic bullying, like any kind of bullying, can
include physical violence, name calling, put downs,
jokes, sexual harassment, threats or damage to
property, social exclusion, or online bullying.

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Celebrating Diversity Events [1]


44 % of same-sex attracted young people endured verbal abuse.
Significantly, 74 % of this harassment or vilification was
experienced at school
(Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University, 2007)

For this reason our students in all levels are required to participate in
a range of events throughout the year that celebrate diversity starting
by the first week of each academic year.

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Celebrating Diversity Events [2]


Induction Week
Over this time students participate in a range of activities
specifically designed in order topromote cultural, religious and
gender awareness among all students.
The activities include fill in questionnaires in order to better
know our students, bonding activities, theatrical plays and
musical performances and also advocates of human rights
from diverse backgrounds visit our school in order to discuss with
the students ( for example Jason Ball and activist, advocate of Gay
rights and AFL player)
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Celebrating Diversity Events [3]


Harmony Day
Each year the week of 21st of March we celebrate theHarmony Daywith a series of
events organised and hosted by the students themselves.
Harmony Day (21 March) celebrates Australias cultural diversity. Its about inclusiveness,
respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
http://www.harmony.gov.au/
The Day Of Silence
Every year the week of 17th April our school dedicates a day in order tosupport a
student - led action towards creating safer schools for all regardless of sexual orientation,
gender identity or gender expression.
http://www.dayofsilence.org/

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Curriculum [1]
Year 10 History
Students investigate struggles for human rights in
depth. This will include how rights and freedoms have
been ignored, demanded or achieved in Australia and in
the broader world context.
We will have a closer look in personalities such as
Bayard Rustin, an American leader, in social
movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence
and gay rights.

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Curriculum [2]
Year 8 Civics and Citizenship
Year 7 Maths
Because in our school we like to work and flourish together the
students fromYear 7 Mathsin collaboration with Year 8 Civics
and Citizenship will organise and participate in a Quiz/ Research
about bullying and how safe they feel in our school.
The purpose of this assignment is the students themselves to
explore how their peers respond to issues such as sexual orientation
and identity.

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Curriculum [3]
Year 9 English
The novels engage with themes of rebirth, ethnic identity,
gender, hybridity, monstrosity, free will and destiny.

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Curriculum [4]
PE, Health and Sex Education
In class we will try to answer questions such as :
Are there support groups around for kids who think they might be gay?
Id love to be a dad one-day. Is it legally possible for a gay man to
adopt or even to gain custody of his own child if he was to have a
surrogate mother carry his child?
What does it mean to be transsexual?
Can a person change their sex?
Is it possible to obtain an STI or HIV during unprotected lesbian sex?

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Resources for You, the Parents


Family engagement is central to the effectiveness of school and is
reinforced through community service provision.
Issues such sexuality or gender identity sometimes is difficult to
understand.
The school has established links with a range of community providers in
response to the diverse needs of young people at the school.

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Resources for You, the Parents

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Resources that we will use in


class
Ted Talks

How I help transgender teens become who they want


https://www.ted.com/talks/norman_spack_how_i_help_transgender_teens_become_wh
o_they_want_to_be
Fifty shades of gay
https://www.ted.com/talks/io_tillett_wright_fifty_shades_of_gay
Why I must come out
https://www.ted.com/talks/geena_rocero_why_i_must_come_out
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Resources that we will use in


class
Use articles and Youtube videos about Australian Pop Culture
celebrities (Actors, Singers, Athletes etc) that publicly have spoken
about their sexuality and sexual identity.

Singer, Songwriter

Jason Ball Ian Thorpe

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What our students have to say:


Since I started at XY School YX, immediately I felt
embraced and as an equal member of the school
community. My teacher had appointed a designated
safe zone area and she was always keen to listen or
advice me over my grey days.
Year 8 student
It is a nice feeling when people look at you and instead
of being afraid of what
they see, instead they recognize a
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Our School has affiliations with:

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Remember: Diversity means


Knowledge!!!
Thank you for attending this event!
I hope we will have the opportunity to work together in the near future in
order to
provide for all students a safer place to grow and be happy!

If you have more questions or concerns feel free to visit our website:
http://theodoradgs.weebly.com/
Or you can directly email me at:
tdorapapadakis@gmail.com
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