Our School - Democratic Principles

The VRQA Minimum Standards for School Registration includes a standard concerning the school’s adherence to Australian democratic principles and practice. This standard is as follows.

 St Therese's School is committed to the principles and practice of democracy in Australia, including a commitment to:

  • an elected Government
  • the rule of law
  • equal rights of all before the law
  • freedom of religion
  • freedom of speech and association
  • values of openness and tolerance.

The purpose of this statement is to affirm the school’s adherence to the principles and practice of Australian democracy.

  • We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government.
  • We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law.
  • We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes.
  • We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding of others' beliefs.
  • We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom.
  • We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background.

This Statement of Democratic Principles is communicated to staff, students, parents and guardians and the school community.