How this school pairs religion with culture
ST JOSEPHS are always looking for ways to integrate and pair culture with their religious values.
Because of this, Principal Tracey Gerrard said for this year's Catholic Education Week, they're mixing it in with NAIDOC Week.
"It's about connectedness and coming together, especially as our school is made of both indigenous and non-indigenous people,” she said.
Mrs Gerrard said this allows them to embrace the 'many voices, one spirit' theme of Catholic Education Week, while also recognising the 'Voice. Treaty. Truth.' Theme of NAIDOC week.
"We will have our liturgy and then the kids will be painting Totem Poles to go into our new reading garden, as a representation of many voices and inclusiveness of our school,” she said.
"They will be playing some Indigenous games with all the students based around one spirit, brought in by the PCYC.
"On Wednesday, the Years 5 and 6 Netball Girls' Team will be going to the Sunshine Coast for a netball carnival to promote connecting.”
Mrs Gerrard said students will be also painting the NAIDCOC week theme onto a canvas to do with voices as well, and the Year 3 students will go to Barambah for the day on an excursion for the NAIDOC celebration.
"They'll be having a back to country experience and will explore the land and conservation of the land,” she said.
Mrs Gerrard said the students are very excited and have started preparations the week prior, where the Year 2 students also had an excursion to the Sunshine Coast's Wildlife Head Quarters.
According to Mrs Gerrard, Catholic Education Week is a great way to remind the students about their values.
"It's really important because we discuss with the kids that our school is not any better, we all have the same educational standards as others, but we focus on the values of treating others respectfully and walking in the footsteps of Jesus,” she said.