A Week of National Reconciliation Events

Latest News, Friday, 31 May 2024

St James College has recognised and celebrated National Reconciliation Week at a number of special events, one as an Education category finalist at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards, and another as host to a presentation for Australian government staff, both showcasing Indigenous cultural perspectives at the college.

St James College principal Ann Rebgetz said Reconciliation Week is an important week in the school’s calendar and that the college aims to embed Voice, Treaty, and Truth within the whole school community.

“This extends to enrolments, curriculum, resourcing, staffing, and co-curricular programs which foreground First Nations peoples and perspectives, ensuring the whole college community advocates for reconciliation through effective education and opportunities.

“Bridging the equity gap is our goal,” principal Rebgetz added.

Queensland Reconciliation Awards 2024

St James College was named a finalist in the Queensland Reconciliation Awards Education category and attended the awards event at the Cairns Convention Centre this week.

Principal Ann Rebgetz said she was pleased that the school was recognised as the only Catholic school among the four finalists in the education category.

“We are pleased to be seen leading the way for others, benchmarking our model of the reconciliation journey,” Rebgetz said.

The Premier’s awards recognise inspiring initiatives for dedication and unwavering commitment to reconciliation and celebrate meaningful partnerships, programs, and projects that improve the health and wellbeing of First Nations people and communities.

Australian Government Staff Visit and Bush Tucker Morning Tea

St James College welcomed a contingent of 33 national visitors from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. The gathering took place in the Rialto Theatre, where the group was welcomed by the Indigenous Dance Troupe and enjoyed performances by the Multicultural Dance Troupe.

The visitors listened to a presentation about the college’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs and the innovative approaches to pathways for all students. An Indigenous “bush tucker” morning tea was served, followed by a tour of the college facilities, including the Trade Training Centre, Tapas Arts, Health Hub, and Alegria Hairdressing Salon.