Guildford Grammar School
Term 2 Week 5
 
 
27 MAY 2020
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Term 2 Week 5

 
 
Anne Dunstan, Principal of Guildford Grammar SchoolIn This Together
 
At Guildford Grammar School we acknowledge the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional owners of the land upon which we learn, meet and play, and we pay respect to their Elders both past, present and emerging. 
 
It is interesting to note that when the theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week was launched last year, they chose the wording “In this together”.  This sentiment is one with which we have become most familiar in recent times. 
 
I well recall in the year 2000, watching thousands of people Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and elsewhere around our nation, which was, collectively, the largest demonstration of public support for a cause at that time.  In that year, the Australian Declaration Towards Reconciliation was created, stating: “Our hope is for a united Australia that respects this land of ours; values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and provides just and equity for all.”
 
Our School was founded with a strong commitment to and belief in the value of education for all.  Throughout our 124-year history, members of our School community have worked individually and collectively to create opportunities and to build an inclusive culture that is just, loving and peaceful.    
 
Mr Joshua Casey, Indigenous Program Coordinator, has worked with our Indigenous students who have reflected and written about what National Reconciliation Week means to them.  A wonderful exhibition of their important and valued thoughts and statements is on display in the Chapel of St Mary and St George.  It is deeply moving, their reflections and declarations are personal, heartfelt and powerful. 
 
Jalen Coppin (10SG) wrote,

It is important for me to go to a school like Guildford Grammar to teach others about Aboriginal people, in the hope they will see Aboriginal people in a positive light, not what people want or expect to see…I am grateful for the two worlds that I do live in and wish for them to not be two separate worlds but one.”
 
Excerpts from a Prayer for a Journey of Healing

We who have come from every land give thanks for Australia;   
This earth that feeds us; the shores that bind us;       
The skies that envelop us in freedom.
 
Let us look back with courage; see the truth and speak it.   
Let us look around with compassion; see the cost and share it.   
Let us look forward with hope; see what can be done and create it.   
 
Give us courage to face the truth; compassion to share the
burden, strength to play our part in the healing - and hope
to walk forward to a place of justice.
With courage, compassion, strength and hope, we will walk
together on the Journey of Healing.

Reference:
Prayer dedicated to Uncle Ted Field, WA Reconciliation Inter-Faith Working Group

Congratulations to Riley Frean (10Fr) who has achieved his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. 
 

 

Celebrating Boarding


It has been wonderful to be able to gradually welcome back our boarders over the last few weeks.  We are eagerly awaiting the return of our Year 7 & 8 boarders so that we then have our complete boarding family back in residence together.

Last week, members of our boarding community were invited to send in photos to celebrate Boarding Week and enter the Australia Boarding School’s Association photo competition. We had a fabulous response and I extend my thanks to our boarding families who shared their inspirational, humorous and sometimes quirky photos on Facebook and Instagram.


Anne Dunstan
PRINCIPAL

 

 


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