This week Australians around the country celebrated National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June) which began in 1993 as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation and was supported by our nation’s major religious groups.
National Reconciliation Week is an opportune time for all of us to learn about and strengthen respectful relationships with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
What does this mean for our community at St Bernadette’s? Firstly, we acknowledge that our school is on Kaurna land and therefore we are charged with the responsibility to respect the environment which was and is so pivotal to the existence of our First Nations people. As educators we are also tasked to raise awareness of the suffering inflicted on our Indigenous people, the pain and shame of history and the steps taken towards healing. We are all made in the image of God and we should respect all cultures and not engage in racist behaviour.
If you used the front entrance to our school yesterday you may have have noticed the display of coloured hands which the Year 2/3 M/T students decorated and ‘planted’ in support of National Reconciliation Week and to celebrate diversity! Yes, we are all God’s treasures!
We pray that the Spirit (celebrated at Pentecost) will continue to move us to walk together with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards peace and reconciliation.
SUPPORTING THE VINNIES WINTER APPEAL
Please support the St Vincent de Paul Society Winter Appeal by donating new knitted items (gloves, socks, beanies, scarves) or preloved warm clothing that is in good condition. With the onset of cooler days and nights there are many homeless people who are needing warm items of clothing. Collection baskets can be found in each classroom.
Many blessings to all
Stef Turcinovic (APRIM)