Mr Kenny gave the first address, which focused on inclusivity and diversity. As an Edmund Rice school, Trinity endeavours to provide an Inclusive Community; being open to all and accepting of diversity. He reminded students that it is not enough to be a Man for Others, but that they must become a Man for All Others. He urged students to spend time with people who are different from them, as it is in these experiences that they will learn the most about themselves. Following Mr Kenny’s address, Year 9 student Rory Charles presented Mr Kenny with an original artwork to welcome him to Trinity College.
After introducing the 2018 NAIDOC theme, Because of Her We Can, Year 12 student Malaki Rodoreda welcomed guest speaker Ms Robyn Collard to give the Welcome to Country. Ms Collard, a Nyungar Yorga from the Whadjuk and Ballardong groups has developed cultural education programs and has previously worked in the Government and Catholic education systems. She shared a few short stories about the women in her life and how they have inspired her, including her mother and grandmother.
Ms Collard comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in her career that covers previous roles within the Government and Catholic education systems as a Principal, Team Leader and Education Consultant from across the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
She has developed cultural education programs, offers cultural safety advice from an Aboriginal perspective on a range of issues and builds capacity with everyone she meets.
Following Ms Collard’s address, the students in the Trinity Aboriginal Program showed off their talent with musical and dance performances. The first musical performance was from the Year 7-10 students, playing the didgeridoo and beat box. They were followed by the band Diversity, who played one of their original songs that spoke about a mother’s love for her child. Mr David Pigram, a Trinity father, next played a song that he dedicated to his mother, wife and daughters. The final performance was from the Aboriginal dance group. The dance was choreographed by Mr Jake Cox (’11) and Mr Ben McGuire (’17), and featured the Aboriginal War Cry, which the students were performing for the first time. This was also the first year that Junior School students were included in the performance.
The final part of the assembly focused on the recent Kimberley Immersion. In the last weeks of July, 12 students and three staff members spent 16 days in the remote communities of One Arm Point, Wyndham and Bidyadanga; helping in the local schools and offering their service to the community. Year 12 students Adam Ricci, Luca Rossi and Griffin Binning all shared stories of their experiences on the Immersion. Below are some excerpts from each reflection:
“From getting dominated by kids 3 feet shorter than us 14-21 in basketball, to cooking together, fishing, watching movies, helping out in the classroom sometimes with the simplest tasks like colouring in a flower, every moment was a joy. Nothing compares to seeing their smiles widen when they greeted us every morning. Leaving the community, we all reflected on how, not only did we influence the community, but the school influenced us. And every single one of those kids faces will forever be remembered by us.” – Adam Ricci
“Whilst in Bidyadanga our daily schedule would consist of helping in the classroom and the school from around 7:30 – 3:00 and then either we would go find the kids and play some basketball and or footy or we would go on one of the many expeditions with one of the teachers from the school. The key expeditions we went on were our visit to the waterfall which was caused by the dramatic tides with one the teachers named Mr Burgess who also took us to the mud flats where our feet sunk in until we were almost waist deep in mud. Although this extra stuff we did outside the classroom was amazing and I will always remember those moments but when I look back at my time at Bidyadanga I think about the kids and the bonds myself and the other boys formed with them. “ – Luca Rossi
“Working with the children in Wyndham was also a very rewarding experience as we were able to teach the kids in one way with maths or English, and then they would return the favour by teaching us about Wyndham, telling us the best places to fish, see crocs, and just generally educating us about the place. Being able to work with the kids was great fun and we formed really special relationships with them. It was so rewarding to see them smile because of us and that is something I’ll cherish for a long time.” – Griffin Binning