NAIDOC Week was recently celebrated across Australia from the 8th to the 15th of November. This year’s theme was ‘Always was, always will be’, which recognised that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65, 000 years. NAIDOC Week acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or in 1606 with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula. Rather, the very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.
In celebration and appreciation of Aboriginal spirituality, Year 12 students were invited to participate in an Indigenous dot painting activity on Thursday the 12th of November. Girls used cotton buds and earthy paint colours to creatively depict native animals and illustrate Dreaming stories using Aborginal art symbols. While listening to Aboriginal modern pop music as they painted, students were able to reflect on the challenges faced by people of Aboriginal descent in contemporary society and consider how, as a student, they can contribute to the process of reconciliation and celebration of Aboriginal spirituality.
A special thank you must go out to Mrs Colreavy and Miss Cox for assisting in the organisation of this activity.
We are now inviting the wider Bethany College community to engage in a period of reflection, in recognition of NAIDOC week. Please take a moment of your time to pray for the reconciliation of the Aboriginal community.
Holy Father, God of Love,
You are the Creator of all things.
We acknowledge the pain and shame of our history and the sufferings of Our peoples, and we ask for your forgiveness. We thank you for the survival of Indigenous cultures.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history so that we may build a better future for our Nation.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to find true dignity and self-esteem by your Spirit.
May your power and love be the foundations on which we build our families, our communities and our Nation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
College Vice Captain