We at Scotch Oakburn College are committed to being an inclusive and diverse educational setting, where every student feels they can bring their full selves to school each day. This includes fostering a strong and supportive environment where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and agender (LGBTQIA+) and those who are just unsure, students feel safe and welcomed within our Scotch Oakburn community. By creating a school where everyone feels the psychological safety that allows them to be who they are with ease, we increase student wellbeing as well as academic performance.

This Friday we celebrated Wear it Purple Day which is an annual LGBTQI+ awareness day, especially for young people. Our students were invited to wear purple (a lot or just a bit) to celebrate diversity and young people in the LGBTQI + community.

To help achieve our vision we encourage parents to take some time to explore any questions they may have about LGBTQIA+ children and teens. Here are some resources which you may find helpful:

https://www.minus18.org.au/
https://www.wearitpurple.org/

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist