An Exciting Week at St Mary's College
Welcome back to Term 3 after a long and hopefully relaxing holiday. I must say the girls have returned looking relaxed and ready for another busy term. Our Year 12 girls have moved to HSC mode, with the trial HSC exams beginning in just over a week. As a result, these girls may look a little less relaxed as many of them have had a busy holiday with study. However, our first week back has been both exciting and busy as we have welcomed students from France and Japan to our school for language immersion opportunities, we have celebrated NAIDOC Week, and we held our first Principal’s Assembly for the Term.
Our Principal’s Assembly was quite spectacular as we saw the very best of St Mary’s girls across a range of areas. We had cultural performances, the presentation of Principal’s Awards, a hilarious welcome back from our College Captain, a Q&A with two of our soccer superstars and a special appearance by Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann. Dr Ungunmerr-Baumann is the House patron of Ungunmerr-Baumann House and she joined us by video link from Daly River in the Northern Territory.
This was a fantastic opportunity for our community to meet Miriam Rose and for her to join our community for the first time. Year 12 students, Holly Sears, Molly Turton, Lucinda Simpson and Malia Mataele wrote a song about Miriam Rose and a group of very talented Year 12 girls, joined by the Year 7 students from UB House, performed their new House song. For me, the most moving moments were the huge smile that appeared on Miriam Rose’s face when the girls began singing and her beautiful words of appreciation after the song had been launched.
As mentioned, we also acknowledged and celebrated NAIDOC Week at the assembly, with much of the work done by our indigenous students and our Indigenous Education Officer. The theme of NAIDOC Week this year was “Because of Her, We Can.”This theme highlights the critical role that Aboriginal women have played and continue to play as leaders, trailblazers, political advocates and change agents at community, local, state and national levels. Aboriginal women have been fighting and continue to fight for justice, equal rights, their rights to country, access to education and employment for their children, grandchildren and their people more generally, and they have fought to maintain their language, their culture and their stories.
I believe Miriam Rose encapsulated the spirit and the reality of the power of Aboriginal women and I felt privileged to be part of this celebration.If you would like to find out more about this wonderful celebration or about our first week back, please take a look at our website or our Facebook page. It truly was an inspirational week.
Have a great weekend.
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