We acknowledge in particular the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the land upon which our School is situated. We also acknowledge the Njarrindgeri people, custodians of land to which Pembroke’s borders extend along the Coorong, Lower Lakes and at Old Watulunga on the Finniss Creek.
We strive to build our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and work together to achieve a future for Australia characterised by unity and respect, with justice and equality for all Australians.
The Indigenous Education at Pembroke (IE@P) program, established in 2009, supports our Indigenous students and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, within and across the learning curriculum. Old Scholar and Pembroke Foundation Patron, Mrs Margaret Bennett, provided financial support to underpin the program, having supported Pembroke’s exchange with the Marree community over many years.
Pembroke’s Indigenous students come from a diverse array of cultural groups and regions, including the Torres Strait Islands, Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Darwin, Alice Springs, Halls Creek, Oodnadatta, Marree, Ardrossan and Ceduna. They have strong connections with their communities, including the Pembroke community and within the IE@P group. A number of old scholars maintain their connection with the School, acting as mentors for current students and contributing to our Reconciliation Action Plan.
Pembroke’s commitment to the education of young Indigenous students is supported by our partnership with The Smith Family. We are proud to be a registered provider of the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP). The IYLP enables Indigenous students to attend high performing secondary schools and universities and offers leadership opportunities.
Pembroke gives Indigenous students a strong foundation, allowing them to follow their chosen pathways with confidence and to flourish as adults and leaders.
Pembroke’s commitment to reconciliation is strong and is supported by our Reconciliation Action Plan.