Mary Farah

From the Principal

This week, as a nation, we commemorated National Reconciliation Week. It is a time for all Australians to reflect upon our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The week is framed by two key events in Australia’s history that provide strong symbols of the aspirations for reconciliation:

May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 Referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and recognise them in the national census.

June 3 is Mabo Day – on this day in 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which overturned the notion of ‘terra nullius’ and legally recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ connection to their country, a connection that existed prior to colonisation and continues today. This recognition paved the way for the Native Title system.

As we move to the week ahead, let’s be Mercy in action and prayer:

Psalm 119
Out of God’s deepest mercy, dawn will come from the heavens.
God, teach me your ways
and I will follow them closely.
Help me understand your will,
that I many cherish your law.
Guide me along your path,
a way of delight.

Mary Farah
College Principal