edit_img_5272.jpgReconciling through actions

We were really excited this week to officially launch the CBC Fremantle Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). For us, the RAP is more than words on a page; it is a series of significant commitments. It sets out a way forward through respect, relationships and opportunity which is evident in the classroom, around the school and in the wider community. It recognises our best advocates for reconciliation are both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. But what is really reassuring for our community is that this good work is already well underway.

On Wednesday morning, our entire College community gathered in the Cloisters to launch the RAP and National Reconciliation Week with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. When Aunty Betty spoke of magpies that flew across the skies and the healing power of smoke from the eucalyptus leaves that were smouldering in the middle of our campus, you could have heard a pin drop. The boys were invited to make their way through the smoke, moving together slowly and deliberately like a great serpent. Their deep respect was evident in their silence and gentlemanly behaviour throughout the ceremony.

As a Catholic community, we see reconciliation as the end of estrangement between man and God. Reconciliation seeks to remove barriers, forgive and move forward together with respect and understanding. More than 200 years ago our founder, Edmund Rice, had a radical vision to break down social barriers and liberate those on the margins of society. He followed in the footsteps of Christ, whose message of radical love transcends boundaries and barriers, and seeks reconciliation.

Our RAP calls us to action. It calls us to walk together in solidarity to demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation.

Our RAP calls us to action. It calls us to walk together in solidarity to demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation. Next Tuesday's Solidarity Walk around the streets of Fremantle is an opportunity to do this in real time. The walk is organised by our Indigenous Reconciliation Coordinator, Mrs Sharon Hookway, and takes place at 7.30am. All in our community are invited to participate in this reflective event and join together as Edmund Rice people who are agents of change for a better world.

Mass each week provides an opportunity for our boys to hear messages of love, kindness and reconciliation. Both the words within Mass and our messages that bookend Mass focus on the importance of using Christ as a model. Wherever the boys are on their faith journey, they are well-served following His model of inclusivity, forgiveness, compassion and kindness. They are well-served seeking to reconcile differences, remove barriers and walk in solidarity with others. This is the heart of a CBC education, and has been shown to be a true and faithful compass for our young men beyond their graduation years.

img_2270.jpgThis Saturday evening, we invite you to participate in our special CBC Family Mass to give thanks for our College community during National Reconciliation Week. No matter where you are on your own personal spiritual journey, gathering together as a community in love and prayer provides us all with incredible belonging and solidarity. The Mass will take place in the beautiful St Patrick's Basilica at 6.00pm and I look forward to seeing you there.

Ms Jenny Knox
Vice Principal