St. Mel’s is a FIRE Carrier School, FIRE stands for Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education.
The FIRE Carrier Project is a joint initiative of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria and the Opening the Doors Foundation with Catholic Education Sandhurst. It seeks to keep the Reconciliation flame alight in schools, educating and encouraging reconciliation both within and outside of the school community.
Our FIRE Carrier programme is led by our Year 5 students, who can apply to be a FIRE Carrier at the beginning of the school year. They are then commissioned in a whole school Commissioning Ceremony. Students and staff plan initiatives and events to educate and inform our School community about Reconciliation, our shared history and culture. These include Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC week activities.
The role of FIRE carriers at St. Mel’s
- To keep the Reconciliation flame alight in our St. Mel’s community.
- To educate students, staff and families about Reconciliation.
- To spread the message of our shared history and culture.
- To represent the St. Mel’s Community at any Fire Carrier events.