This week saw a whole of campus Penquite Chapel where we celebrated National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day.
Our Guest Speaker was Rev. Tim Matton-Johnson, a Retired Uniting Church Minister who was also Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in Tasmania for a number of years. Rev Tim was able to share with us his experience of three inclusive spiritualities – Christianity, Science and his Aboriginal heritage. The feedback from his sermon has been very positive with many students saying they enjoyed hearing how they could incorporate their learnings of science with their faith tradition.
In addition, our Year 2 Choir joined us, led by Elphin Music Teacher, Mr Jamon Dingemanse, led us all in singing “I am Australian” which concluded with a prayer that we all be truly one, first and seconds peoples of Australia, walking together for whatever that means for our individual and collective lives together. Watch their performance on the link below.
Senior Students were very complimentary of the experience and said it would be good to include our Junior School, Elphin Campus in our life together more often which we look to grow and explore with such events like this in our future calendars.
For our inter-faith calendar this week, we are celebrating Hijira with our Islamic community on Tuesday 10 August. This event originally took place in 622CE, when the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina, where the first Islamic community was established.
On Sunday 15 August, in Christianity we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with our Roman Catholic, High Anglicans and various Orthodox traditions.
Whatever you are celebrating this week, please remember to be thankful and grateful for the life that we share at this College and beyond.