The College community shared a wonderful morning yesterday celebrating National Reconciliation Day with the opening of our beautiful new murals in Djan Durman, which is the I Block undercover area and means “pleasant place” in our local Gubbi Gubbi language.
Reconciliation Week at Suncoast
The whole notion of reconciliation (encouraged by Reconciliation Week) is foundational to Christian faith – firstly, we have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and, secondly, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation ourselves to God and one another (2 Corinthians 5:18). As a College then, it is very important to commemorate Reconciliation Day, which promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
With more than 100 students involved in the production of the artwork, including our 27 students who proudly share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage, the project is a powerful demonstration of the way we come together in unity at Suncoast. The artwork itself celebrates the beauty and richness of our Indigenous cultures and highlights the sense of wonder in God’s creation of the oceans and sea-life. Importantly, it also underscores our responsibility to respect and take care of these precious gifts.