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National Sorry Day

posted 29 May 2015, 15:33 by Michelle Virgona
This morning we had the privilege of witnessing an Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony performed by students from St Joseph’s College.
Most of our children would never have witnessed a display such as this and were all enthralled by the fabulous spectacle. 

A reflection from Beth (Year 4):
Today Year 4 Blue held a National Sorry Day assembly which was celebrated on 26th of May. On National Sorry Day we remember the time when the Prime Minister of Australia officially apologised to the Indigenous Community for the cruelty faced by the stolen generation. Mrs Poletto, our teacher, organised for some boys from Saint Joseph's College to come in and perform a Traditional Aboriginal Dance and Smoking Ceremony. The traditional smoke ceremony was to remove all the bad spirits. The boys also played the didgeridoo. The cultural dance consisted of moving like various Australian animals, they also used spears and boomerangs to show how an Aboriginal hunts. Year 4B performed one of the most known Australian songs 'I am Australian'.