Reconciliation Week at The Geelong College

Following Middle School’s recognition of Reconciliation Week at assembly last week, Junior School began this week with a Sorry Day assembly.

The Acknowledgement of Country was offered by Lesley Phillips, a Year 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student. This was followed by Year 3 children retelling the Sorry story in an age-appropriate way for young children to understand.

At Senior School, the Reconciliation Week Assembly focused on this year's theme: Don’t Keep History a Mystery. Following a Welcome to Country from Corinna Eccles and Norm Stanley from the local Wathaurong community, and a historical presentation from the prefects, Vince Ross whose country is Madi Madi (Murrumbidge River, NSW) and Wemba Wemba (Murray River, Vic) enchanted the students with his story.

Vince drew the students to him with warmth, affection, respect and humour. He said that with a mother who was of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and a Caucasian father, he was destined to barrack for Collingwood! His message was around us all coming together as we journey forward. The assembly concluded with a moving musical tribute by Lesley Phillips to his elders and his culture.

Tomorrow, the College concludes its Reconciliation Week events with the second annual Ngarrweerreeng Day at Campbell House. Our grounds staff have also painted the ovals across the campuses in the colours of the Aboriginal flag ahead of Ngarrweerreeng Day and the weekend's APS sport fixtures. Meanwhile at Middle School, the SRC will be raising money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

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