Mount Lilydale Mercy College acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as traditional custodians of the land upon which we work. In the spirit of reconciliation we are committed to working respectfully for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. In this spirit the College undertakes a number of activities and initiatives that students can take part in. These include:
National Reconciliation Week
This is an important event celebrated at the College each year. The week gives us the opportunity to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. A number of activities take place throughout the week including a Liturgy in the Chapel, with students and staff also invited to tie a ribbon on the railings outside as they say a prayer for peace and reconciliation.
Worawa Aboriginal College
Worawa is an Aboriginal secondary College for girls located in Healesville. We are fortunate to have a number of opportunities throughout the year for our students to come together. Each year in May the annual Worawa Sports Carnival is held in recognition of Reconciliation Week, where our girls in Year 8 to 10 compete in football and netball. We have also had the opportunity in recent year for some of our boys to take part in the Worawa Dreaming Ball in September.
On the first Tuesday in December all Year 9 students take part in Bunjil Day. On this special day, students are involved in a range of activities including: basket weaving, didgeridoo playing, boomerang throwing, indigenous games, and bracelet making. Elders from the Wurundjeri local indigenous community, including Murrindindi the Nurungita, take part in the day, along with representatives from Essendon Football Club’s Michael Long Foundation. Through their stories, our students gain a deeper understanding of reconciliation and a deeper appreciation of the shared land that we live on.
Northern Territory Immersion
Each September, our Year 10 students have the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable journey to Central Australia and the Top End — highlights include visiting Uluru-Kata Tjute, Watarrak (Kings Canyon), Kakadu and Nitmiluk national parks. For 11 days students explore the remarkable people and extraordinary country around Alice Springs and Darwin learning about indigenous culture, the history of the outback and its diverse landscapes and ecosystems along the way.