From the Acting Principal

National Reconciliation Week

So rarely can the same word be found in financial, political, and relational contexts, yet this is true of the term ‘reconciliation’. The financial accounts of a business strategy can be ‘reconciled’; opposing points of views can reach compatibility through ‘reconciliation talks’ and in our relationship with each other we can give the ultimate gift of forgiveness to relieve the burden of someone seeking reconciliation. Through reconciliation there is a process, a struggle, a breakdown, and a birth; a movement which delivers change for the better.

Sherry Balcombe, representing the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, presented an informative, inspiring lecture that had our students engaged. Slide after slide of history, personal history and documented or oral history from the aboriginal perspective, captivated our students. Questions from students trying to fathom the past injustices, were calling for equity, action, and harmony. Many of our senior students said they feel compelled to let compassion and understanding influence their decision when they vote in the upcoming referendum.

National History Challenge

As historians and journalists know too well, it is important to seek primary sources to find the accurate story from the past and our students are entering this year’s National History Challenge to refine research skills and interpret evidence in a quest to find the truth about an event that took place in Australia’s past or perhaps investigating the history of their own community of family.

The theme of the National History Challenge ‘Change & Continuity’ is a little like St Aloysius College, adapting to changing curricula, technology, student membership, yet continuing to deliver outstanding education based on Mercy Values. We wish all students involved in the History Challenge all the best as they ‘strive for higher things.’

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Rachel Valentine
Acting Principal