Holy Cross College, Ellenbrook
'I came that they may have life, and have it to the full' John 10:10

Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

On Sorry Day and every day, we stand with Stolen Generations and their families in their fight for justice. We stand with our community to work towards structural and systemic change through Treaty and truth-telling.

A Sorry Day Liturgy was held this morning for all students and staff, coming together as a step towards healing the Stolen Generation and all of their families, and the College community. We acknowledge their pain and suffering and apologise for the wrongs of the past. After the Liturgy, students (Kindergarten to Year 12) were given an opportunity to draw their own hand on a piece of paper, write a message and then colour it in. These hands were then placed in the Olive Grove for Sorry Day and were later transferred and placed on the windows of the College Café as a beautiful display.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Across National Reconciliation week, staff and students are invited to the many activities being offered at the College. This weeks activities have involved keynotes explaining what National Reconciliation means, making friendship bracelets in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait colours, colouring Reconciliation bunting and the Junior School students, have been participating in a colouring competition. Look out for more activities continuing next week. A special thank you to our wonderful Aboriginal Education Assistant, Mrs Shenika Bennell, for making all of this happen for the students at Holy Cross College.

Mrs Christina Davini

Assistant Deputy Principal, Inter-relationships