This year Reconciliation Week was Thursday, 27 May - Thursday 3 June, and so we celebrated a whole school Mass last week with a focus on the National Reconciliation week theme: “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action”.

During our Mass Tristram Morris, one of our Indigenous Education Workers, made an Acknowledgement of Country, in language, and then described the meaning of our beautiful new Aboriginal Cross, which was painted for our school by local Birpai artist Lori-Ann McKinnon.

Fr Peter reflected nicely on the story of the Good Samaritan and how each of us can choose not to walk past, but to serve everyone within our school and the wider community.

As a reflection on the theme after communion, four of our Aboriginal students, Leandre Menelet, Tyler Morris, Angus Oakeshott and Darius Windders-Sherring, participated in a dance that represented the importance of dance within Aboriginal culture.

A huge thanks to all who worked to make the Mass a wonderful celebration of our school culture and the Aboriginal Heritage within our Birpai Community.

We were excited to host some of the parents and Aboriginal students for a morning tea following the Mass.

This exciting conference is back again in September, starting on the first Wednesday of the school holidays. The Catholic Schools Office will be organising the trip which is open to students from MacKillop College in Years 10, 11 and 12. The trip will be subsidised by the CSO to make it more affordable and accessible. Student participants will be asked to make a co-contribution of $245.00. This cost will contribute to travel, accommodation, registration and most meals and is the equivalent of the registration fee alone.

Registration as a group will be completed once an idea of numbers is known, all interested students please add your name to our sign up sheet located in both the College Offices. 

Once we have our list, in order to secure your registration for Ignite, parents will need to complete the permission note online, and provide payment of $245.00 (non-refundable) by Friday 11 June. 

Further details on the conference are below.