Let’s Take the Next Step – NRW2017

This week we recognise National Reconciliation Week , commencing with National Sorry Day last Friday, and concluding this Friday with Mabo Day. Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The theme for NRW2017 is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.

We have over 50 students at JPC who identify as Indigenous Australians and our reconciliation activities are aimed at celebrating the rich culture that our Indigenous students and staff bring to the JPC community.

We have a number of activities around campus that we look forward to sharing with you, commencing today with a Reconciliation Week Assembly, JPC 4 Reconciliation wristbands for sale, with all proceeds donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, a tree planting and smoking ceremony tomorrow, with a bush tucker morning tea, at our Finch Farm, the JPC Indigenous Round, where all teams will receive reconciliation tattoos which they may wear to sporting fixtures on the weekend.

Year 11 student, Kevin Inkerman, who last year designed our Indigenous polo shirts, has been very busy working on several projects. His beautiful bark painting, gifted to the college last year, has been mounted in our foyer and looks fantastic. He has also worked diligently on an Origin Map of Australia, with Year 9 student Kerry Wolmby, which will be unveiled at Assembly today.

This year, we invited some of our Indigenous students to create the Reconciliation Week artwork, used in our social media and email footers. Kevin has done a beautiful piece which represents community and Indigenous people meeting with Western cultures in Australia. The feet are about walking together and working together.


For more information visit;

– www.johnpaulcollege.com.au


– http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/

– https://www.instagram.com/johnpaulcollegeqld/

– https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnPaulCollegeQLD

– www.jpic.qld.edu.au