Welcome back to Term 3. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Student Leaders for 2019/2020 as they take over the reins of leadership from Year 12. Also, I offer my very best wishes to Year 12 students who commence their HSC Trial Examinations next Monday.
It is NAIDOC Week.
National NAIDOC Co-Chair Pat Thompson said “For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked for significant and lasting change. We need our fellow Australians to join us on this journey – to finish the unfinished business of this country.”
The 2019 theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.
“The history of our First Peoples is the history of all of us, of all of Australia, and we need to own it - hearing this history is necessary before we can come to some true reconciliation, some genuine healing for both sides. Then we can move forward together.”
Wujal Wujal is the home of the Kuku Yalanji, Kuku Nyungul and Jalunji clans – the 'rainforest people', the traditional owners and custodians of Yalanji. Country north of the Daintree.
It was a wonderful and challenging experience. We were welcomed into Country by the Elders. During the week we met the most amazing women and men who shared their lives and stories with us. A number of the Elders were taken (Stolen Generations) into the Mission and sent away to other parts of Qld. Each shared these stories as well as their strong desire for reconciliation and understanding.
Mrs Scanlon and I will now begin the process of setting up an immersion program from 2020 for our girls, so they too may share the same experiences we had. Stay tuned for further information.
Our second Open Morning Tour was held this morning – thank you to all students and staff involved.
The Alumnae Welcome is tomorrow night. There is much value for ex-students of staying in touch with OLMC through the Alumnae; each Mercy girl is already part of a network. We have a long and wonderful Alumnae tradition dating back to 1922 and this event is a great way to welcome our newest graduates into that rich tradition.
Save the dates:
- HSC Showcase 23 and 24 August
- Music Showcase 26 August
- Father Daughter Mass 30 August
Towards the end of the Term we will celebrate Mercy Day and our Graduation week as we farewell Year 12, 2019.
Term Dates for 2020 are now available – see below. Please be sure to book your holidays outside of term time.
Mr Stephen M Walsh