We have been celebrating National Reconciliation Week at Sacred Heart.

On Tuesday, a group of students had the opportunity to attend a Reconciliation Walk at Lake Gwelup with Mr Chris Kan and myself.

At the College, the College Executive Team and some students took part in planting two Native Hibiscus in our Reconciliation Garden in remembrance of the Stolen Generation families. The Hibiscus grows across the country and reflects the resilience and strength shown by the people removed from country, language, culture and family. The colour purple symbolises healing.

We have also launched our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which will soon be added to the College website and posted in classrooms for everyone to view and reflect upon.

National Reconciliation Week celebrates the significant achievements of the 1967 Referendum and the Mabo decision, where both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were recognised as Australians. It is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians to come together to share the histories and culture of this beautiful country we call Australia.

Jodie Hunter
Aboriginal Liaison Officer

The walk was a great experience as we got to partake in traditional activities, such as blessings and dancing, as well as getting a better insight into what Reconciliation Week means to lots of different people. I really enjoyed the day and it gave me a much better understanding of the Aboriginal life and culture.

Lucy Burke
Year 10 Student

On the day, we joined many other schools, including Irene McCormack Catholic College and Balga Senior High School. When we arrived, several activities were set up in the park, with a stage for performances throughout the day. The day commenced with a background of National Reconciliation Week, followed by a spiritual dance. Next they introduced the Wadjuk Group, which helped to bring the event together. Later, more dances were performed about the kangaroo, the emu and the honeypot, where people were encouraged to join in. The walk proceeded after this, following a path around the lake. A sausage sizzle was provided and we were free to enjoy the activities. A group called OLE continued to sing for the rest of the day. We all really enjoyed the day and recommend to it others.

Grace Murphy
Year 10 Student