Narragunnawali supports all schools and early learning services in Australia to develop environments that foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people, Traditional Owners of the land on which Reconciliation Australia’s Canberra office is located, meaning alive, wellbeing, coming together and peace. We pay our respects and thank the United Ngunnawal Elders Council for giving us permission to use the word narragunnawali.
The College is beginning a journey to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) using the Narragunnawali resources and support. https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/
Thank you to the parents, staff and students who have volunteered to be a part of the College’s Working Group which will ensure the responsibility of implementing reconciliation initiatives does not sit with one person. This collective contribution will ensure the building of relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school and with the community will happen. The Working Group will be finalised in the next week or so and the initial meeting organised soon thereafter.
From the Head of 10-12 Mr Mitchell Cummings (in consultation with the Head of 7-9 – Mr Brian Bull)
Welcome back to all students to Term 2 – and what a term it is! Only 9 weeks long but including events like the College Athletics Carnival in Week 5, the College Cultural Festival in Week 9 and the Year 12 Trivia Night at the end of Week 7! We trust that all students and families had a lovely Easter break and have come back refreshed and ready for the challenges of Term 2.
Firstly, a big congratulations from myself and Mr Bull to Edward Kelly in Year 7 being the first award winner of the Term 1 Merit draw! Over the course of the term student names go into the draw for this and Edward earned for himself a $50 voucher to JB HIFI. Whilst he was unable to double his prizes by correctly identifying the national flag of Benin, that just means the end of Term 2 prize draw prize will have doubled for the next potential winner.
It was excellent to stop and pause as a College community last Friday to commemorate Anzac Day. Gathering the entire school together has not happened since prior to COVID in 2020 and so it was doubly special to be together and to be able to reflect on the sacrifices of men and women in years gone by that means we live in a country that is peaceful and abundant.
Lastly please add Saturday 5 June to your calendars as this will be the night of the annual Year 12 Trivia Fundraiser. Year 12 have chosen to support the excellent ‘Sea Shepherd Australia’ organisation and so all funds raised on the night will be distributed to this worthy cause. There will be more information coming soon regarding tickets but in the meantime feel free to start organising your tables of 10 and thinking about how best to win the ‘Best Dressed Table’ prize under the nautical theme.
Ms Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School