St Patrick's College Strathfield

Our First Nations Friendship


Last week saw six young people and two staff from St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre in Alice Springs spend the week with us. They enjoyed some outings in Sydney including visits to Taronga Zoo, the Opera House, Coogee Beach and Redfern, and they engaged in various classes with St Patrick’s College students throughout the week. They worked with our young men in an Art collaboration – designing images of our Touchstones that reflect ‘place for them and us’, led by Visual Arts staff, Mr Nick Phillipson and Ms Adriana Bakija, and local Aboriginal artist, Darren Charlwood. These images will soon be displayed around the entrance to the College.

The Alice Mob, along with some of our Year 10 music students and Music teacher, Mr Liam Heffernan, developed a musical performance showcased at the College Assembly last Friday, wowing the audience. Our students who went on Immersion to Alice Springs in June played host throughout the week and their families engaged with them in an evening of camaraderie bringing all groups together.

This is the first visit in three years and is the start in the revival of our joint immersion program. We learn so much from each other and all of our lives are made richer because of the connections made. We thank Brenton, Caleb, Eddie, Jason, Lazarus, Nicholas, Dion and Shaun for their positive energy and enthusiasm throughout their visit. We are blessed to know them and to grow with them. This is reconciliation in action, but more importantly, this is friendship.