· This week, May 27- June 3, is Reconciliation Week. The girls presented a wonderful and challenging reflection at Tuesday’s Assembly where they spoke of the unique Indigenous culture and their intrinsic link to ‘mother earth’ and their stewardship of the land.
The heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history. Our nation’s past is reflected in the present, and will continue to play out in future unless we heal historical wounds.
Today, 80 per cent of Australians believe it is important to undertake formal truth telling processes, according to the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other.
Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate 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.
Celebrate our 130th Anniversary with us! I encourage all members of our community to come along to our two key anniversary events, happening in the next two weeks. The Women in Leadership Forum happening tonight is looking to be a great event and we have had a wonderful response. There are still seats available so come along. Refreshments are served from 5pm with the forum commencing at 5.30pm in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre.
I would urge you if you haven’t got your tickets for the Wizard of Oz to book these soon. These three nights will be a very special community celebration. Don’t forget there are food trucks and stalls available from 5pm so come early and make a night of it. Click here for tickets.
A reminder that the annual Athletics Carnival is coming up this Friday.
I would also encourage you to come along to our P&F event for the year, Comedy for a Cause - taking place here at the College on Saturday 22 June. The line up has just been announced (see poster at the end of the newsletter). Click here for details and to book.
Last Wednesday we held our first College Open Morning Tour. We had to close bookings a week before because we were already oversubscribed! Its great to see so many families seeking a Mercy Education for their daughter.
Today the new College website is being launched. You will notice a complete colour change in line with the new College uniform. We are excited to be launching a new website in this our Anniversary year. If you have any problems locating information or links on the new website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen M Walsh