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Vice Principal’s Message

Peter Jones (Vice Principal)

As we approach the end of May, it is important to take a moment to reflect on two significant events in our national calendar: National Sorry Day on May 26th and National Reconciliation Week, which runs from May 27th to June 3rd. These occasions hold deep significance for all Australians, providing us with an opportunity to acknowledge our history, embrace unity, and strive towards a more inclusive and understanding society.

National Sorry Day is a poignant reminder of the mistreatment and injustices faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly the Stolen Generations. These were the children forcibly removed from their families and communities under government policies. This day serves as an opportunity for all Australians to come together in solidarity, to reflect on our past, and to acknowledge the profound impact these policies have had on Indigenous communities.

The impact of the Stolen Generations is reflected in our school community, with a video created in 2023 by Vonita Anna Walley. A proud Noongar woman, valued Kolbe Community member and child of the Stolen Generation, Vonita Anna Walley, is taking us to New Norcia Mission to share her painful story with us.

Following National Sorry Day, National Reconciliation Week offers us a chance to further our commitment to reconciliation. This year’s theme, “Now More Than Ever,” encourages us to actively learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Throughout the week, our school will engage in a variety of activities designed to celebrate the rich culture and history of Indigenous Australians.

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