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29 April 2021

Prince Alfred College is preparing to celebrate an important time on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander calendars.

The theme for 2021 National Reconciliation Week is More than a word. Reconciliation takes action. The week will commence on Thursday 27 May with a breakfast at the Convention Centre with over 1000 people set to attend. The College has booked two tables for the Headmaster and a number of students and staff. There is a swell of enthusiasm from staff eager to access cultural learning this year which is very exciting to see.  Our Year 10 and 12 tutors will take part in cultural learning in early May and our Year 11 students will host three young Aboriginal leaders who will speak with our boys and share their experiences. The Early Learning Centre will have senior Kaurna man Uncle Mickey Kumatpi O’Brien visit to work with staff and share his knowledge. 

The year has started strong with a focus on reconciliation and this included Harmony Day in March. Uncle John Lochowiak was joined by RAP leaders Tom Mitev and Oliver Crocker to do a Smoking Ceremony as students moved into their assembly time. (see photos) Uncle John also did a powerful Welcome to Country. Deputy Headmaster Greg Atterton did an Acknowledgement of County in the Kaurna language as a response.

Ron Pippett, History teacher recently invited Janette Milera - Kaurna, Arabuna, Narunga speaker to talk to his class about her grandfather Private Herbert John Milera. Private Milera was an Aboriginal WWI digger who suffered racism and injustice, and recently received full military honours after being in an unmarked grave for 50 years. Janette gave an emotionally-charged talk and the students responded in a most respectful and kind manner.

Monica Magann
Aboriginal Students Co-ordinator

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