On May 26th, the beginning of National Reconciliation Week is National Sorry Day. It is a day of commemoration and remembrance of all those who have been impacted by the government policies of forcible removal of First Nations children. It is a day to acknowledge the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly members of the Stolen Generations. It is also a time to reflect on how we as a community can all play a part in the healing process for the people and nation.
Students gathered to commemorate these events and to pray for a continued process of reconciliation in Houses Liturgies. This was followed by a National Sorry Day activity, where students collect one small and large flower, that they decorated in purple, cut out and glued together. The purple colour denotes compassion and spiritual healing. These Native Hibiscus were then placed on the windows under San Salvador.
National Reconciliation week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey — the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia”
Across National Reconciliation week, staff and students will an opportunity to participate in variety of activities. These activities included Aboriginal music, painting, colouring and Aboriginal chalk activities. Thank you to Mrs Shenika Bennell, for making all this experiences available for the students at Holy Cross College.
Mrs Christina Davini
Deputy Principal, Inter-relationships