Mount Lilydale Mercy College acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as traditional custodians of the land upon which we work. In the spirit of reconciliation we commit to working respectfully for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. In this spirit the College undertakes a number of activities and initiatives that students can take part in. These include:
National Reconciliation Week
This is an important event celebrated at Mount Lilydale Mercy College each year. The date commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the anniversaries of the successful 1967 Referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. Students have the opportunity to become involved in various activities and reflect on the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and other Australians. We hold a liturgy in the Chapel and invite students and staff to tie a ribbon on the railings as they say a prayer for peace and reconciliation.
On the first Tuesday in December all Year 9 students take part in Bunjil Day. On this special day, students are involved in a range of activities including: basket weaving, didgeridoo playing, boomerang throwing, indigenous games, and bracelet making. A focus of the day is to create a Bunjil's Nest, with each student contributing a stick to the nest containing a message of reconciliation. The nest is taken to Barak Campus where it is displayed in a prominent place, symbolising the students taking their wishes from Year 9 to their senior campus.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the indigenous people of Australia and the issues around reconciliation. Elders from the Wurundjeri local indigenous community, including Murrindindi the Nurungita, take part in the day, along with representatives from Essendon Football Club’s Michael Long Foundation. Through their stories, our students gain a deeper understanding of reconciliation and different appreciation of the shared land that we live on.
Jigalong, Pilbara, WA
Year 10 students have the opportunity to participate in an immersion experience in the remote Aboriginal Community of Jigalong in Western Australia. The College has had an ongoing relationship with the Jigalong school for many years, through which students from both schools travel to experience the culture and life of different communities. The trip allows our students to immerse themselves in Indigenous culture, whilst improving reconciliation within our school and the wider community.
Northern Territory Immersion
Each September, our Year 10 students have the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable journey to Central Australia and the Top End. For 11 days students explore iconic Australian landmarks including Kata Tjuta, Watarrka and Kakadu national parks, Alice Springs, Mataranka, Katherine and Darwin.