Letter Written to the St Luke's Community
Jann Robinson, 6 November 2018
I have received a number of messages from past students and current parents after the media’s reporting of the open letter signed by Principals of Anglican Schools. I thought the School Community would appreciate clarity on my point of view and that of the School.
I have been saddened that the letter may have been perceived and portrayed as a desire to discriminate against students and staff on the basis of their gender identification or sexual preference. This was never the intention of the letter. Its purpose was to highlight the need to provide for freedom of religion so that we can operate our schools in accordance with our values.
I want to assure all members of the St Luke's Community that there is no risk to staff tenure or student enrolment because of gender identity or sexual preference. All students and staff have, and always will, experience a school which is welcoming and inclusive.
As St Luke’s Grammar School is founded on the Christian faith, there is the recognition that all people are intrinsically valuable because they are made in the image of God. Every student and every staff member matters, is cared for, is respected and is accepted as part of our St Luke’s Community. We seek to pastorally care for all students and staff through our values of kindness, compassion, justice, grace and humility.
As Principals, we were seeking to engage our politicians in discussions about the place of religious freedom in a contemporary, pluralistic and democratic society. Freedom of religion is part of the United Nations Civil and Political Charter, which Australia has endorsed, and we would like this better reflected in our laws.
If you would like further clarification, please feel free to contact me.