Year 12 Indigenous Commencement Celebrations

On Wednesday 24 February, I travelled down to Rockhampton for a few days with our College Captain Jordan Bliss, Shontae Minniecon and our Indigenous Committee Chair Eden Grigg. The purpose of the travel was to attend the annual Year 12 Indigenous Commencement Celebrations. This involved all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the Rockhampton Catholic Diocese in Year 12 coming together to support each and plan for the remaining nine months left at school. The students were exposed to different vocations; university and leadership workshops.  The event was also marked with a dinner and guest speaker Mr Allan Wilson, an Aboriginal man and teacher at The Cathedral College in Rockhampton. A former high profile chef who turned to teaching at the age of 42.

On Friday we attended the Mass lead by Bishop Michael with Jordan speaking on behalf of all the Year 12 Indigenous students. The students received their badges and blessings for a wonderful year ahead. While only three students from St Patrick’s College attended, I am blessed to have spent time getting to know these students better. They not only represented their College beautifully but also themselves, their families and culture with such respect that it was noted from many.

Our eyes now turn to the QATSIF scholarship presentation on Wednesday 3 March which our College proudly supports and allows everyone the opportunity to understand a little more about the Stolen Wages and impact it still has today.

Karlie Tatchell – Regional Indigenous Education Liaison Officer