Students salute Aboriginal elders

Students from Sydney Catholic schools joined with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women at a ceremony to commemorate their long service in the Australian Defence Forces.

Held on 26 May at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, secondary students from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Kensington and Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield assisted with seating official guests. Members of Sydney Catholic Schools Eastern Region Goodjarga Performance Ensemble performed a welcome dance.

Four students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary Waterloo joined with Aboriginal Elders’ Uncle Dave Williams and Aunty Faye Carroll to place the official floating wreath on the Pool of Reflection.

Principal Kelly Bouris said the four school captains were excited to be asked to lay a wreath in honour of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women. She said taking part in the ceremony was another way the school’s students continued to developed their understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the role that they have played in all our history.

“As a whole we all need to develop our understanding of Aboriginal history and the role it played in who we are today and to recognise that it is part of reconciliation and respect for each other,” she said.

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