Principals weigh in on transgender books debate
STAFF at South Grafton and Maclean high schools have received education and awareness training from the Safe Schools Coalition to help provide a safe school environment for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students.
While the coalition have not provided the schools with specific resources, they have had speakers talk at staff development days and run workshops on inclusiveness and tolerance.
South Grafton High School principal Megan Johnson said the school was involved with the Safe Schools Coalition to help promote awareness of the health and wellbeing of students.
"It isn't about promoting any sexual orientation, it's about embracing the idea that we need to accept all people, and that everyone has the right to an education and a good life," she said.
"The Safe Schools Coalition involvement with our school was a staff education and awareness initiative to help promote tolerance and awareness that public education is for all."
Mrs Johnson said the coalition gave a presentation to the P&C, after which they endorsed their involvement with the school.
Maclean High School principal Bob Perl said Safe Schools Coalition had made a presentation at their staff development day, and hopes to take the initiative further within the school.
"The aim of the presentation was to increase awareness and acceptance, and reinforce that the school is a safe environment, and should reflect the wider community," he said.
Mr Perl said the school supports all gender diverse students, and it is something that is not ignored, though he is hoping students will be able to pick up the program and take it further.
"Programs like this are very successful when they're driven by students," he said.
"It's something that can be guided by teachers, but if we have students who can promote that forum, that's when it will be successful.
"I'm hoping it can be something that will be led by students in the future."