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Mt St Bernard's Wonderful Contribution to NAIDOC Week

Posted on 6 July 2017
Mt St Bernard's Wonderful Contribution to NAIDOC Week

Well done to the students from Mt St Bernard, Herberton Queensland - and principal David Finch - who made such a significant contribution to the Identity Matters Program.

'The Spirits are Calling' is the second Music Video in the 'Identity Matters' series produced with Indigenous students from Catholic Education across Queensland.

The series reflects the student's culture and what it means to them being an Indigenous Australian.

Created in the Cairns Diocese the song tells of the students identity and their connectedness to land, sea, skies and waterways. It tells how their ongoing spiritual connectedness to their ancestors are guiding and showing them the way.

Thank you to Uncle Jeff Aniba-Waia for the language translation of Kala Kawaw Ya that was spoken as part of the song.

Stories from NAIDOC

A record number of Indigenous students will complete Year 12 at Mount St Bernard College in Herberton this year.

It's just one of the successes the Years 7 to 12 Catholic co-education college is celebrating in 2017. Another is the opening in late 2016 of a transition house to help smooth the boarding transition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

More than 80 per cent of the school's students are Indigenous, with a majority of those coming from remote or very remote Indigenous communities across Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Mount St Bernard (MSB) College Principal David Finch says pastoral care, in particular around the transition process, plays a crucial role at the college, which has very close ties with families and their communities, sometimes stretching back three generations..... READ MORE

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