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Dear Parents/Carers,

Sorry Day Prayer written by the Aboriginal and Islander Commission National Council of Churches in Australia 2002.

Almighty and loving God, you who created ALL people in your image,

Lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past. You gave your only Son, Jesus, who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.

We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession of land, language, lore, culture and family kinship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced. We live in faith that all people will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones, through the separation of children from their families.

We are sorry and ask God’s forgiveness.

Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits. In your mercy and compassion walk with us as we continue our journey of healing to create a future that is just and equitable.

Lord, you are our hope. Amen.

Last week we acknowledged National Sorry Day as a school community. Mr Hill and Mr Murphy led a reflective assembly where we heard about the stories of the stolen generation and were inspired by the personal story recounted by Aunty Yvonne.

On Tuesday evening St Mary’s hosted the launch by Desert Pea Media of the music and video clips created by Mr Hill and our secondary students in 2017. Amazing, creative work with a powerful message about health and wellbeing, which was a credit to all involved.

Our secondary students represented us proudly at their Mock Trial challenge this week and our students also represented our school confidently in the Diocesan Primary and Secondary Spelling Bees

Mrs Leanne Clarke
Acting Principal