Reconcilation Week at St Ursula’s College07 June, 2022
St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, acknowledged the significance of National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and Mabo Day through various activities on campus. College Community Support Officer, Mrs Katrina Whitham, organised lunchtime activities for NRW supported by College Cultural Captain, Moana Noah-Kudub.
Special guest, Ngaro and South Sea Islander woman, Mrs Kira-Lee Nicol, was welcomed to the College during lunchtimes and demonstrated basket-weaving and dot painting with students. Mrs Nicol created a dot painting of the Torres Strait Island flag on canvas, and Year 11 student, Taleisha Harrison, painted the Aboriginal flag on canvas. Both canvases are now displayed in St Ursula’s Presentation Learning and Information Centre (PLIC), which also featured a display for NRW, and students completed a Mabo literacy activity on the interactive whiteboard.
College Principal, Mrs Deborah Ryan, said, “This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week is, ‘Be Brave. Make Change’ and, at St Ursula’s College, we are committed to the Gospel teaching of “Love one another” and recognising the dignity of all people as every one of us is made in the image and likeness of God. Change begins with brave actions, acknowledging the extraordinary impact that we can make in our everyday lives to all whom we encounter. Each of us has a role to play – individually and collectively – in building relationships and communities that value First Nations’ peoples, deep history, and cultures.”