|Taking the Next Step Towards Reconciliation - 13 June 2017|
The 2017 National theme for Reconciliation was “Let’s take the next steps.” We are fortunate at Lourdes Hill College to be able to devote a whole week of the school calendar to help us do just that. LHC Reconciliation Week is led by our Mirragin, (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander), students and the members of the STAR service group.
During the week, the girls participated in two important events. The first was our full school assembly devoted to Reconciliation. We invited the families and friends of our Mirragin girls, along with a variety of special guests, to attend the assembly. We then invited our guests to afternoon tea in Soubirous Place. Reconciliation Captain, Grace Sarra, and senior student, Savannah Franklin, were wonderful in leading the assembly and the guest speaker, former LHC school captain, Professor Cindy Shannon (UQ) shared with us some of her own stories of reconciliation. Once again, the Middle School Mirragin dance group, performed a special dance for us.
The second event was the annual Sorry Day Service on the Wynnum Foreshore, organised by the Wynnum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation. This year, 17 students attended, along with Aunty Joan and Mr Clarke.
In addition, a number of lunch time activities were organised. Our bake sale and lob-a-choc stall raised over $200 for the Santa Teresa community in the Northern Territory. We also ran star weaving, traditional dancing classes and coordinated a banner holding along Hawthorne Road, to promote our support of Reconciliation.
Thank you to all who are a part of the LHC community for your ongoing support. Let us continue with confidence, nourishing and caring for our relationships with one another, so that reconciliation is a living, breathing reality of which we are all a part.
Belinda McGleenon (Mirragin Support Teacher / STAR teacher leader)
Charlene McMenamin (STAR teacher leader)