Published on: 1 June 2023

This week the School came together to acknowledge Reconciliation Week with a range of activities marking the event.

The School held a flag raising ceremony on Friday 26 May in recognition of National Sorry Day. The flags were raised by students in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program with Year 9 boarder and Yamaji (Nhanta) and Whadjak student Kayde Kelly sharing the history and meaning behind the flag designs. You can watch the video of his speech here.

On Monday we celebrated what was a very successful fixture against Guildford for the annual PSA Indigenous round. The First and Second XVII Football teams from both schools took part in a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country conducted by Whadjuk Noongar man Barry Winmar.

The players wore the indigenous round guernsey, which was designed by Yamaji (Nhanta) and Whadjak student Kayde Kelly (Year 9), as well as football boots specially painted by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program students earlier this term.

The boys also joined students at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls to paint Akubra hats with Indigenous designs. Once completed, these will be auctioned with the proceeds going towards MADALAH‘s scholarship program.

Throughout the week many boys across the School proudly wore the First Nations ties designed by the boys last year.