Please see below a message from the Minister of Education on the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey that was released to schools on Wednesday. We, the staff of Moonee Ponds West Primary offer our support to all our families, staff and students in continuing to foster and foment a caring, supportive and inclusive whole school community.
This morning, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. The majority of respondents voted in favour of the law being changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. I am aware that this may be a day of heightened emotion and celebration for people in our school communities, particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) young people, staff, families and their friends and allies.
I am extremely proud of the great work schools across Victoria do every day to create a safe and inclusive environment for their students and staff. I remain confident in the care, support and leadership that our schools continue to display to their whole school community.
Regardless of the positive result today, I am aware that this has been a challenging and uncertain time for some in your school community and they may benefit from some additional support. As educators, I know that you and your staff will be mindful of how students respond to today’s survey result and offer additional health and wellbeing supports where needed. This may include connecting students with primary school welfare officers, student welfare coordinators in secondary schools, school nursing staff and Student Support Services.
A range of resources are also available to assist schools, including a suite of initiatives to address bullying, Bully Stoppers, Safe Schools, eSmart Schools and SAFEMinds, and our ongoing partnership with youth mental health foundation headspace.
Today I want to thank our schools and their leaders for the care, support and leadership they continue to display to their whole school community at this time.