Now More than Ever - Glasshouse Christian College

Now More than Ever

  • May 23, 2024

Now More than Ever

National Reconciliation Week commences with the anniversary of the referendum, a pivotal moment in our nation’s history when the constitution was amended to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The week concludes on June 3rd, commemorating the landmark Mabo Court case decision. This significant ruling not only acknowledged the traditional owners of the land, including Eddie Mabo and his family, but also rejected terra nullius, affirming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the original custodians of Australia.

As a Christian school, this annual event, of immense significance for our nation, brings us together to acknowledge the history, culture, and achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

At Glasshouse Christian College, we believe that every individual is created in the image of God and deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and love. National Reconciliation Week provides us with a unique opportunity to reflect on our shared history, to honour the resilience of Indigenous communities, and to commit ourselves to the journey of reconciliation.

It’s an opportunity to help our students continue to be agents of reconciliation and restoration. This week reminds our students of our collective responsibility to work towards healing the wounds of the past and building a more just and equitable future for all Australians.

Throughout National Reconciliation Week, our College community will engage in various activities and initiatives to foster greater awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Indigenous cultures and histories. Across the school, our students will be visiting important local Aboriginal sites of significance. Joining the Sea of Hearts movement, you will see this display slowly grow and set up around the flagpole over the course of the week. Some of our students are joining local Aboriginal people in a walk of remembrance at Dicky Beach, Caloundra. Our chapels will focus on this important week, and many teaching opportunities will be offered across the year levels in all school sectors.

This is a photo of our Year 7s who visited the Bora ring this week and heard from Mrs Sonya Osberger, one of our teachers who is a woman with local aboriginal heritage. She shared her insights about this site and its significance.

Having worked alongside Indigenous people and missionaries in the NT, I have heard from them firsthand the importance Christian people played in protecting Aboriginal peoples from massacres and advocating for their rights. These Christian individuals and organisations stood alongside Indigenous communities, providing sanctuary, advocating for their rights, and promoting cultural understanding.

As the wider community, I hope you can engage in meaningful conversations about reconciliation, justice, and inclusion. Together, let us commit ourselves to this important ongoing journey guided by love, compassion, and mutual respect.

Jacq Vreeling, Head of Middle School

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