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Community and Culture Coming Together

ATSI students attended the Sorry Day ceremony at Brigidine College last week.

Last Friday at assembly, we gathered as a College community and recognised the values, gifts and importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community. We reflected on the injustices of the past as a part of Australia’s National Sorry Day.

Indigenous pioneers such as Neville Bonner, Eddie Mabo, Christine Anu and Cathy Freeman were discussed. Furthermore, with the Sir Douglas Nicholls AFL Indigenous Round and the State of Origin on our doorsteps, it was an opportune time to marvel at the prodigious abilities and talents that many of our nation’s Aboriginal athletes possess.

As a College community, we are blessed to have so many diverse and rich cultures represented each day and it is important that we understand that common virtues such as respect, understanding and camaraderie are so important. Our Year 7 boys were able to elaborate on the importance of team work and unity in their opening prayer. One of our EREA Charter touchstones is ‘Justice and Solidarity,’ and so we reflect this in our approach to education, as well as our broader perspective on Australian society.

Sorry Day
Last Tuesday saw the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students of ATC attend as special guests of the Sorry Day assemble which took place at Brigidine College. Welcomed by college Principal Mr Brendan Cahill, the students joined in the welcome dance with students from the Murri School, along with some to the girls from Brigidine College.

The gentlemen enjoyed such a gratifying experience, recognising the wrongs of the past, in particular that of the Stolen generation, and at the same time celebrating the present and looking to the future. The assembly proved to be extra special when we learnt that Aunty Nicole Williams, mother of Reece Bell was to be sharing her story with the staff and students. The young men of ATC were on their best behaviour and participated extremely well, as they donned their formal attire and interacted with other guests and students from Brigidine.

Cu Chullain Awards
One way that we acknowledge the individual gifts and efforts of our boys on a regular basis is through our Cu Chullainn awards. Cu Challainn is a hero from Irish mythology. He is known for his learning, leadership and service; especially during his teenage years. He became renowned for his positive attitude even in adversity, and his willingness to serve and defend the people of Ulster. In each term at ATC, certificates are presented to boys who we feel best display those same characteristics in our daily context. Who are the boys that always show a positive attitude? Who are the boys that persevere with their work even when tired and busy? Who are the boys that get involved whenever possible, to serve themselves, their friends and their school?

Week 8 Cu Chullain Award Winners – Junior School
Year 4 – Hugo Porche, Dan Musgrave, Toby Smith, Dashielle Solomon
Year 5 – Bastien Walter, Will Keyser, Oscar Woodhouse, Jack Scott
Year 6 – Ben Nugent, Harry Hopkins, Jamieson Parkin, Reuben Waugh
These students will be presented with their certificates in Week 9 assembly.

Service Learning
Congratulations to the Year 7 students who are collecting donations of kids books to support the Books 4 PNG Kids initiative. Please send your donations to Student Reception by Friday.

Liam B and Cameron both Year 7, completed another 2 hours of service at the monthly working bee of the Pullen Pullen Catchments Group (PPCG) held at Anstead Bushland Reserve.

Year 4 student, Mason, helped out at the Corinda Graceville Parish sacramental program and spent over an hour helping to clean up and pack away materials.

Please keep sending your inspiring Service stories to and log your hours.

Mr Matt Warr, Assistant Dean of Formation