Greg Duncan, Eric Albury and Henry Dahl-Braganza.
Greg Duncan, Eric Albury and Henry Dahl-Braganza. Renee Pilcher

Sharing a special history

STUDENTS of Cooloola Christian College and Cherbourg State School learned more about their shared history at a cultural workshop and Sorry Day service at the college yesterday.

CCC Year 5-6 students ran the workshop and service as part of their Indigenous History Stories to coincide with National Sorry Day tomorrow.

This is the third year the college has run a National Sorry Day program with the focus this year on the achievements of significant indigenous sportsmen and women, artists, inventors and community leaders.

For the first time, students and staff from Cherbourg State School travelled to Gympie for the Reconciliation Service and student-run activities, which are fast becoming a significant part of the school calendar.

CCC head of primary Ross Waltisbuhl said it was wonderful to see students from both schools learning first-hand from local Aboriginal leaders and their own peers about our shared history and the contribution made by many outstanding indigenous people.

"We have also seen that Christianity provides the perfect template for forgiveness and reconciliation and we can learn much from Jesus' example in the way we live as a community," Mr Waltisbuhl said.

Highlights of the day were the performances from local dance group Maku Dancers and hearing from the Cherbourg assistant principal Pop Bevan.

"It was also great to again welcome local elders Aunty Lillian, Aunty Olive, Aunty Barbara, and Pastor Greg Stubbs," Mr Waltisbuhl said.

Year 5/6 teacher Carol Stubbs, who organised the event, said yesterday understanding indigenous history was a step in the right direction towards reconciliation.

National Sorry Day is marked as a day of commemoration and remembrance.

Gympie Times


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