On Monday, 24 July, we celebrated NAIDOC Week by coming together as a College for a special assembly and morning tea.
We were honoured to have elder Dennis Jetta join us and deliver a Welcome to Country, sharing his life experiences with the students while emphasising the importance of reconciliation in our journey ahead.
Ms Bianca Hart, OLMC Aboriginal Education Officer, spoke about this year's Naidoc Week theme, "For our Elders." She expressed the significant role our Elders play across generations, holding a prominent place in our communities and families. Their wisdom and experiences encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from land management and cultural knowledge to justice and human rights, providing us with invaluable strength.
Additionally, we welcomed Ijah Coyle and Max Bilcich from the Stephen Michaels Foundation, who joined our College for the day. They shed light on the significance of an inclusive community, the pivotal roles of elders, and the positive impact of sports activities and programs in nurturing thriving communities.
The Morning Tea provided a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with familiar faces and a perfect way to celebrate our community. A special mention goes to Aunty Valerie Ugle, who kindly cooked up a delicious Kangaroo Stew and Damper to share with students and families.
Overall, it was a fantastic morning of celebration and appreciation, cherishing the richness of our heritage and embracing the unity within our diverse community.