Elisabeth Murdoch College

Koorie Education



Elisabeth Murdoch College acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our College stands, the Bunurong people of the Boon Wurrung language group, of the Kulin Nation.  We would like to pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.  The College extends this acknowledgement to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are part of the College community. We acknowledge and support the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In 2020, the College is proud to acknowledge our 38 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students and their families. We want our students, our families, to feel celebrated and safe.  We seek and create opportunities celebrate the strength and the potential of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and our students becoming emerging young leaders within the First Nations Peoples.

Our vision is for the College to be regarded as leading best practice for engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and embedding Koorie education across our whole school.  We aim to continue working in partnership so that students, families, staff and the wider community have a voice.


  • Flag raising ceremony
  • Two Koorie student leaders selected
  • Yarning Circle with the Koorie Youth Council
  • Excursion to the local Gathering Places with Langwarrin Primary School (Nairm Marr Djambana and Willum Warrain)
  • Tucker tasting session with Nornie of Mabu Mabu with students, and a learning session with staff
  • Youth Summit with 70 other Koorie secondary students at Willum Warrain
  • Yarn with members of the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
  • Filming with DET Koorie Outcomes Division for a staff resource
  • Hosted Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group meeting
  • Two senior students invited to the Marrung Ministerial Roundtable to speak on a panel
  • Focus groups with ACU Occupational Therapy tertiary placement students for a EMC staff resource


Our curriculum also explores intercultural capability to develop knowledge, skills and understandings to reflect on how cultural beliefs and practices contribute to individual, group and national identities. We aim to raise awareness and ensure learning opportunities are provided to all our students. In 2020, we have already had two meetings with the Koorie Outcomes Division of the Department of Education and Training to further strengthen Koorie Education within our current curriculum across Humanities, English, Health and Physical Education and Technology.


In 2016, The Department of Education developed Marrung, strategy to ensure that all Koorie Victorians achieve their learning aspirations.  Aunty Geraldine, who some Elisabeth Murdoch College students have met, is the President of the Victoria Aboriginal Education Association (VAEAI), and said that "The Victorian Government, through the Department of Education and Training, has worked with the Victorian Koorie community to develop Marrung. The Government has listened and has heard. Marrung sets out a 10 year vision and identifies the significant actions its achievement. From this plan there will be some ground-breaking change."  This plan aims to strengthen Victoria to be a state where:

  • the rich and thriving culture, knowledge and experience of our First Nations peoples are celebrated by all Victorians
  • our universal service systems are inclusive, responsive and respectful of Koorie people at every stage of their learning and development journey
  • every Koorie person achieves their potential, succeeds in life, and feels strong in their cultural identity.



Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali program supports all schools and early learning services in Australia to foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

Elisabeth Murdoch College is proud to be one of 11 schools in Victoria with an endorsed Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).  The RAP aims to strengthen relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school and with the community. To learn more and view our RAP, visit: https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/raps/22935/elisabeth-murdoch-college.

Key contacts/resources:

Stephanie Raike – EMC Head of Wellbeing and Support – stephanie.raike@education.vic.gov.au

Eric Clarke – DET Bayside Peninsula Koorie Engagement Support Officer – Eric.Clarke@education.vic.gov.au

Alan Johnson – DET Bayside Peninsula Koorie Engagement Support Officer – Alan.Johnson@education.vic.gov.au

DET Koorie Outcomes Division - marrung@edumail.vic.gov.au

Marrung Educational Plan - https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/marrung.aspx

Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc - http://www.vaeai.org.au/