26 May 2022

Through the smoke, our cultural understanding deepens

As part of National Reconciliation Week, a group of students travelled to Shepparton (accompanied by Ms Post and Mr Willett) on May 26 to participate in the National Sorry Day ceremony. Most pleasingly, our school was handed a significant role to play on the day as three students delivered readings: Jett Robbins, Claire Stillard and Caitlin Welch.

We are extremely proud as a school community to be prominently involved in this special ceremony which acknowledges the mistreatment of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

In an unforgettable experience for our students who were present, they had the privilege of taking part in the smoking ceremony, an ancient ritual within Indigenous culture. Overall this was a terrific cultural experience for our students and offered a moment for reflection on how they can help play a part in the healing process for our people and nation, and also help educate others to contribute to cultural change.