Published: 15 May 2017

Bringing Them Home

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The ‘Bringing Them Home’ ceremony was a very special and beautiful occasion. 

Thank you to everyone who assisted in coordinating the whole event so expertly.

Our own Aboriginal students, ably led by Kayla Ross in her role as Aboriginal Ambassador, were amazing. We are very proud of them.

The liturgy, dancing, music and talks were all very well received.  The whole event was originally organised by Murri Ministries and we were very proud that they had chosen St James College as the venue for the event.

One of the more significant parts of the ceremony was when students from All Hallows, St James, St Lauries, Terrace, Stuartholme and Carmel (some 30 students overall) were asked to come forward and sit on the floor in front of the six Elders who spent some time telling them some very moving stories of their own experiences growing up as part of the Stolen Generations. 

We were privileged to have Uncle Bob Anderson (past student of St James in the 1940s) present as well as Marlon Riley (also a past student) who had done some great work preparing our own Aboriginal students to present several dances during the liturgy.

Attached is the Address given by Principal Gerry Crooks at the ceremony.