National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generation. As a part of this year's commemorations, staff and students from our College participated in the Noonga Reconciliation Group's Sorry Day Service, with the Tidda Girls dancing with Aunty Maud and eCCCo's choir also performing. This was a wonderful community event and thanks is extended to Ms Atarrah West, Ms Rebecca King, Ms Mary Fletcher and Ms Pattie Lee for the organisation of the performers on this day.
On this day our College also welcomed guests Aunty Maud, Aunty Chicko Fisher, Aunty Melita Orcher, Aunty Vikki Vale and Uncle Alex Davidson, Ms Emily Wurramara, and Ms Danita Martin from Brisbane Catholic Education, for a Sorry Day Liturgy. We were privileged to hear stories from the elders and music from Emily Wurramara as we reflected on the true meaning of reconciliation.
As a College we will acknowledge National Reconciliation Week this week from the 4 – 8 June. During this week all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. The 2018 theme “Don't Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow" explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. Here at Mary MacKillop College staff and students have been invited to contribute to a mural symbolising our ongoing commitment to reconciliation.