Mrs Bev McGreevy

Aboriginal Contact Teacher

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Midgee is Trinity Catholic College’s club for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander staff and students, their friends and anyone else with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

Midgee strives to

  • promote learning about Indigenous Australian history,
  • support community involvement,
  • help our Indigenous students discover their heritage and
  • facilitate access to scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous students.

Each year, Midgee members participate in a variety of activities. For example, in 2015 we knitted beanies from recycled wool. The money raised by selling these was donated to WIRES for the care of injured goannas, an important local totem.

Midgee runs an annual book sale to promote Indigenous literacy. Last year the funds raised went to St Therese Community School at Wilcannia.

We also organise excursions, host morning teas for visiting Indigenous guests and in particular, we emphasise the importance of the Southern Tablelands as an historic and important Indigenous area.

Everyone is welcome to join and participate in Midgee events. There is no cost - you just need an interest in traditional Australian cultures and histories. This year, Trinity Catholic College has twenty-two Aboriginal students in all year groups from Year 7 to Year 12.

We are lucky in the Goulburn area to have such an important and diverse cultural history, including traditional groups such as the Wiradjuri, Tarlo, Mulwaree and Wollondilly peoples. As part of this tradition, Trinity celebrates its growing number of Indigenous staff and students who are from cultures as diverse as Yorta Yorta, Wiradjuri, Bundjalung and Gamilaroi groups.

If you have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, or would like to learn about these important aspects of being Australian, come along and say hello.

 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY 

The traditional Gundungurra words of welcome, said for thousands of years, are:

YADAGEE YADDUNG YANGOO BORCA MANDOO GINEE BURRA BURRA GINDUNGURRA YADAGEE!

The Goulburn area is rich in tradition. For thousands of years it has been an important centre of trade, spirituality and culture for the Gundungurra, Mulwaree, Tarlo, Burra Burra, Wollondilly, Wiradjuri, Dharrook, Tharawal, Lachlan, Pajong, Parramarragoo, Cookmal and Gnunuwal peoples.

The Trinity Catholic College community acknowledges and respects these living cultures and their peoples, as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet today. We pay tribute to the unique role that they have played and continue to play in the life of the Southern Tablelands.

We acknowledge all Elders, past and present, and honour those who continue to teach us with their wisdom and learning. I acknowledge with respect all Aboriginal people with us today.

As a living community we commit ourselves to walk alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for reconciliation and justice. We also commit ourselves to the care and protection of our local environment, including its flora and fauna.

YADAGEE YADDUNG YANGOO BORCA MANDOO GINEE BURRA BURRA GINDUNGURRA YADAGEE!

     

 

 

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