In Our Lady’s Hall hearts lifted in hope for our 14 Year 12 Indigenous students at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liturgy.

Students and special guests gathered together to pray for their journey ahead.

A moving Acknowledgement of Country by Indigenous Education Liaison Officer Ron Tasker called to mind the land upon which we walk, Darumbal country and its ancient beauty and asked the gathered to imagine the many teachers and students who taught and learnt in Our Lady’s Hall since its early days as a primary school.

Special messages of support from Bishop Michael McCarthy and Diocesan Director Leesa Jeffcoat commended the students on their progress and conveyed thoughts and prayers for a successful year ahead.

Students read uplifting meaningful texts and scripture focused on Life as a Journey and Prayers of Intercession called on God, our Creator Spirit to be with our students always.

Hospitality Teacher Mr Allan Wilson and Principal Rob Alexander encouraged students and reminded them of the enormous contribution their presence makes to the life of the College.

Student speaker Kaliah Bob expressed her thankfulness for the many opportunities she was blessed with in both primary and secondary school especially her involvement in TCC’s Yarning Circle.

“The Yarning Circle built at TCC last year is the highlight for me,,” she said.

Students were presented badges in recognition of the meaningful occasion from Mr Alexander and Catholic Education.

The Liturgy was made possible through Catholic Education’s Indigenous Education team lead by Mr Brad Jarro and our Indigenous Student Liaison officers Mr Ron Tasker and Ms Carmen Anderson.

Mr Jarro also offered the team’s continued support in the days ahead and after graduation to assist students with their future pathways.

A final blessing was prayed over our students; Ella Bartlem, Kaliah Bob, Vinnevevia Bulsey, Jakkiah Colthup, Giaan Fraser, Mercedes Kirwin, Dallyn Marou, Noah Matheson, Bridget Regan, Ella Sandilands, Ashton Saunders, Lalekqua Songoro, Jackson Terare and Brienna Wilkinson

‘May you always stand tall as a tree,

be as strong as the rock Uluru,

as gentle as the morning mist,

hold the warmth of the campfire in your heart,

and may the Creator Spirit always walk with you.”

(Elizabeth Pike, Aboriginal Elder)