Published: 27 October 2016

Celebrating Inclusivity

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St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace recently partnered with the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) for a second consecutive year to host the MDA Global Games at the College’s Tennyson Playing Fields. The purpose of the weekend of games was to bring to life the mission of the MDA in shaping“a better future for all – a welcoming, inclusive, globally connected, economically strong community”. 

The Global Games brought together people from all over the world who now call Queensland home. Participating teams represented an array of nationalities and communities, competing in a series of hotly-contested fixtures in football, cricket, volleyball, kabaddi (Indian martial arts), table tennis and chess. The represented nationalities and communities included: Togo, Liberia, Guinea, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Korea, the Persian Gulf, the Punjab, Bhutan, USSR, Australia, Vietnam and Malaysian. 

Partnering with the MDA provided a tremendous opportunity for students from Brisbane’s EREA schools to foster the ideal that our local community is “accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships”, a key tenant of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition. Students from St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace; St James College and St Joseph’s Nudgee College joined together to form a football team that competed in the Global Games.  Not only did the participating students grow in understanding of other cultures present at the games, they grew in understanding of each other. 

Gregory Terrace was very proud to host the event and support the MDA’s commitment to “fostering a society that is welcoming and providing of opportunities for all to fully contribute to, and participate in, a multicultural society where diversity is recognised as a strength”.

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