Relationships with the Community - Reconciliation Network

Reconciliation is about building stronger relationships, respect and trust between all of us and working collaboratively to progress reconciliation in all our schools. Last Friday the Aboriginal students in Grade 7, 8 and 9 had the opportunity to spend the day at Guilford Young College in Hobart with Aboriginal students from many other Catholic High Schools as part of a special event; kani lumi nipaluna, Talking Here in Hobart. The aim of the day was for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in southern Catholic Colleges to have an aspirational and culturally safe introduction to Year 11 and 12 at Guilford Young College

The day began with an Acknowledgement of Country by GYC College Principal Craig Deayton and two former students from St James Catholic College in Cygnet who shared their inspiring personal stories about their learning achievements and challenges during and beyond school. We then divided into mixed groups and participated in two different workshops such as First Nations, Science, HPE, Fire Boards and Drama. At lunchtime the students had the chance to talk to Hollie and Sam from Karadi Aboriginal Corporation and Nala from Riawunna at UTAS and also had plenty of time to socialise while partaking of a fabulous BBQ and milkshakes. There was time for one more workshop before we had to head back to school.


It was a great opportunity for our students to extend their friendships and begin to make plans for their futures and we are thankful to GYC for hosting and to Sarah Lackey - Education Officer: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Jenny Noble - Education Officer: Extended Learning and Brendan Kull - GYC Aboriginal Student Success teacher for all their planning and work to make such a fun day.