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Aboriginal Education

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Aboriginal Education

We acknowledge that the land upon which St Bede’s is built is, was and always will be traditional land of the Wonnarua and Awabakal nations. St Bede’s would like to pay respect to the tribal elders, and celebrate their continuing culture, and we acknowledge the memory of their ancestors.

At St Bede’s, we believe cultural knowledge and our personal histories are invaluable resources in promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their histories, culture, spirituality and languages.

We look for opportunities to encourage family and community involvement in assisting staff and students enhance their awareness, confidence, competence and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

As a united community we can journey towards a brighter future where Reconciliation and acknowledgment comes from a deeper understanding of country and the Dreaming. St Bede’s aims to enhance this understanding by providing culturally inclusive curricula that respects traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture, appropriate protocols and spirituality and Aboriginal history.

The Teachers and Staff at St Bede’s are committed to actively strengthening relationships with our Aboriginal families and the local community. Working alongside them, we can look to the future where our students will be the leaders of their generation.

Karen Chapman 

My name is Karen and I am the Aboriginal Education Teacher here at St Bede’s Catholic College. I am a proud Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW. Over the years I have been fortunate to make my home on many Nations within NSW, including Darkinjung country on the Central Coast. I have recently moved into the Newcastle area, where I now live on Awabakal country.

I feel very fortunate to have joined the St Bede’s community at the beginning of 2020, and I am endeavouring to embed Aboriginal education into our schools’ core business, making it more visible to all. You can find me at school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, where I am working with students to enhance academic performance, and staff to include Aboriginal perspectives into our Key learning Areas.

To contact me, please email karen.chapman@mn.catholic.edu.au

Monique Crick 

My name is Monique and I am the Aboriginal Education Support Officer here at St Bede’s Catholic College. I was born and raised on Eora land. I believe my Aboriginal heritage comes from Djab Wurrung Country in Victoria, I am doing further research into this. My family and I now live in Wonnarua Country.

 I feel blessed to have been a part of the St Bede’s community from the beginning, and I love my work in Aboriginal Education Support. I am proud of our growing school and I see the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as my mob, my family. You can find me at St Bede’s Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week, assisting our students to achieve their best in the classroom and supporting families in a cultural manner.

To contact me, please email monique.crick@mn.catholic.edu.au

Prayer of the Aboriginal People

Father of all, you gave us the Dreaming

You have spoken to us through our beliefs

You then made your love clear to us in the person of Jesus

We thank you for your care

You own us

You are our hope

Make us strong as we face the problems of change

We ask you to help the people of Australia to listen to us and respect our culture

Make the knowledge of you grow strong in all people

So that you can be at home in us and we can make a home for everyone in our land.

Amen.

Prayer composed for the meeting between Pope John Paul II and the Aboriginal people

 

Calendar of Important Dates  - 2021

13th February 

National Anniversary of the Apology (given by Kevin Rudd)

21st March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Harmony Day

26th March 

National Sorry Day

27th May

Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum 

27th May- 3rd June 

National Reconciliation Week 

3rd June

Mabo Day 

4th - 11th July

NAIDOC Week

13th July 1971

The Aboriginal flag, designed by Harold Thomas, is first flown in Adelaide

28th July 1902

Central Australian artist Albert Namatjira is born

4th August 

Aboriginal's Children's Day 

9th August 

International Day of the World's Indigenous People.

5th September

Indigenous Literacy Day 

25th September 2000

Cathy Freeman wins gold in the 400m at the Sydney Olympics

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