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Reconciliation Week – Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage

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Reconciliation Week – Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage
by Carolyn Young - Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 8:49 AM

On Friday 24 May the College assembled in the quadrangle to promote National Reconciliation Week which commenced the following weekend. The Houses of Lavalla, Mannes and Carnie have joined together to work on promoting the awareness throughout the College of National Reconciliation Week.  Below is a speech given by the Carnie House Captain, Dean Campisi, at this assembly which details the efforts of the three houses in developing this most important social justice issue in our community.

“Reconciliation is about bringing people together. National Reconciliation week is an initiative which promotes awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. As this directly relates to the current Social Justice issue shared by Carnie, Lavalla and Mannes Houses, Luca, Ben and I have been working to promote the cause and have a few initiatives which we would like to share with you today.

Throughout next week we will be sharing prayers, images and social media within our community. We would invite and encourage all Pastoral Leaders to use these prayers and messages to generate conversation around the theme of reconciliation. In addition, we will also be selling Entertainment books to the families of our houses to provide funds for our three house charities, and celebrating a Mass together.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that all our 1sts Winter AGSV and VSRU Sports participants will continue to wear the playing tops that were last year specially designed by Vincent Torcasio, which promote indigenous culture.

I would like to welcome First Captains of AGSV and VSRU teams to the stage.

  • 1st Football Captain Lucas Perry
  • 1st Hockey Captain Jack Webber
  • 1st Rugby Captain Nick Wood
  • 1st Soccer Captain Lewis Zacharias
  • Cross Country Captain Kieran Hesse

The design of these tops shows three key ideas. The first motif is that of Bunjil the Eagle hawk, a most significant being as Bunjil is the Wurundjeri spirit creator and the majestic creature which clearly resonates with us as students at Marcellin. The second theme is the Yarra River passing through Bulleen, a site of great significance to local Aboriginal culture, especially with its proximity to the important gathering place of the Bolin Bolin Billabong.  Finally, you will hopefully notice the possum skin motifs that features in the maroon sections of the playing tops. I encourage you to engage with William Barak’s famous painting Figures in possum skin cloaks that features in our Wurundjeri Heritage Garden to fully understand the ritual of motifs on possum skins. Our Catholic faith learning community draws much inspiration from William Barak’s example of human dignity, deep story, dialogue and care for the other.

The school’s winter first teams will be wearing these specially made tops during NAIDOC week (which is the first week of July). We would really like every one of the runners and players who get to wear these tops to feel a part of something special, but more importantly we would like these uniforms to stand as a symbol of our desire for reconciliation. Hopefully, as students, parents and friends of the College we can show our support for both the teams and the week itself by turning out in numbers to stand together in solidarity.

Before proceeding, I wish to particularly acknowledge the work of Old boy Vincent Torcasio, and Mr Di Prato in designing the tops, and our friends at Dobsons, without whose work this would not have been possible.

Thank you. “

Dean Campisi

Carnie House Captain