Respect for diversity is the hallmark of a school community that is confident and strong in its values and beliefs. When students understand that each individual is unique with their own individual differences they can begin to value and appreciate these for the richness they bring to the school and wider community.
Diversity exists in various ways including race, gender, ethnicity, religious belief, political allegiance or lifestyle choices.
The National Safe Schools Framework explicitly states that students feel safe in a community that promotes and acts on positive values including the demonstration of respect and support for student diversity. Schools are required to recognise and respond to the distinct needs of specific groups in the school community and ensure that everyone feels a sense of belonging and connectedness.
We can all learn from one another and the first step is understanding and respecting diversity.
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