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Students from St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, St James College and St Joseph’s Nudgee College tackling the Global Games.  

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Students Tackle Multicultural Global Games

St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace recently partnered with the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) for a second consecutive year to host the MDA Global Games at the College’s Tennyson Playing Fields. The purpose of the weekend of games was to bring to life the mission of the MDA in shaping “a better future for all – a welcoming, inclusive, globally connected, economically strong community”. 

The Global Games brought together people from all over the world who now call Queensland home. Participating teams represented an array of nationalities and communities, competing in a series of hotly-contested fixtures in football, cricket, volleyball, kabaddi (Indian martial arts), table tennis and chess. The represented nationalities and communities included: Togo, Liberia, Guinea, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Korea, the Persian Gulf, the Punjab, Bhutan, USSR, Australia, Vietnam and Malaysian. 

Partnering with the MDA provided a tremendous opportunity for students from Brisbane’s EREA schools to foster the ideal that our local community is “accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships”, a key tenant of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition. Students from St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace; St James College and St Joseph’s Nudgee College joined together to form a football team that competed in the Global Games.  Not only did the participating students grow in understanding of other cultures present at the games, they grew in understanding of each other. 

Gregory Terrace was very proud to host the event and support the MDA’s commitment to “fostering a society that is welcoming and providing of opportunities for all to fully contribute to, and participate in, a multicultural society where diversity is recognised as a strength”.

For further information on the MDA and its Global Games, please visit www.mdaltd.org.au.

 

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Queens Park locals

In early May a celebration of Aboriginal culture was held prior to the First XV match at Queens Park.

Queens Park holds a special place in the College’s history however this is insignificant when compared with the importance of the area to Aboriginal culture.

The College has commissioned an artwork which follows the life of a Queens Park local, the Long Finned Eel, whose story is a fascinating journey of resilience and overcoming adversity, not unlike Aboriginal culture.

Each Autumn, female eels which have spent up to 30 years in the area, set off on an amazing journey. They head towards Randwick Racecourse usually in storm water drains or other water courses. They continue to Kensington and cross the Australian Golf Course into swampy Eastlakes and then across the Lakes Golf Course.

The female eels travel through the swamps alongside Southern Cross Drive before entering Botany Bay.

This is only the start of a 2000 km swim to New Caledonia.

The eels breed in extremely deep tropical waters in the Coral Sea, with females laying up to 20 million eggs. The exhausted adult eels die once they have spawned.

But then another remarkable thing happens - when the eggs hatch they begin to float south on ocean currents.

They start as small gum leaf-shaped larvae, growing into see-through ''glass eels'' - a stage that protects them from predators in the sea - before becoming juvenile elvers as they reach the east coast of Australia.

Driven by instinct, the eels locate Botany Bay, swim back up through the ponds, across the golf courses, through the drainpipes, across Royal Randwick and then into Queens and Centennial Parks to start a life in the shadows of the lilies.

Patrick Brennan – Director of Co-Curriculum 

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CBHS Lewisham smoking ceremony and blessing 

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National Reconciliation Week: Our History, Our Story, Our Future

St Pius X College, Chatswood, celebrated National Reconciliation Week 2016 with a whole school ceremony where students and staff were privileged to welcome Kaleb Taylor back to the College. Mr Taylor, Indigenous Liaison Officer and students from fellow EREA college, CBHS Lewisham, performed a smoking ceremony and blessing before the College’s 1200 students and staff.

Mr Taylor told the assembly that we need to open up the conversation to allow tolerance and understanding so that the past does not predict our future.

This year’s NRW theme - Our History, Our Story, Our Future - challenges us all to reflect on the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and rights in our nation’s story and identity.

Students representing St Pius X College in the upcoming Rugby, Football and New Caledonia Language and Cultural tours wore shirts featuring the College’ Reconciliation strip. At the NRW ceremony they committed to being Ambassadors for Reconciliation.

 

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