At the staff meeting on Monday, Peter Nolan, Deputy Principal – Mission and Wellbeing relayed some pertinent messages including that we as a nation, school and family turn our hearts and minds to the idea of true reconciliation with our indigenous population. We acknowledge that around 230 years ago our western, industrialised culture met, head first with an indigenous culture that had very different norms and desires. Some say this clash of cultures in unsurpassed in human history and we still see evidence of this clash on the margins in our cities and remote areas. At the very least we ask ourselves to show empathy, understanding and love to our indigenous brothers and sisters.

At our College assembly today Old Boy Ryan Whittard (Class of 2014) addressed the staff and students about his thoughts on Reconciliation Week.  Ryan is studying a double degree of Law and Arts at Macquarie University and will be part of the graduating Class of 2020.

He is currently working as Indigenous Legal Cadet at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Ryan completed an Indigenous Internship at Allens, a top tier commercial law firm and continues working there now as Senior Paralegal.

Ryan has achieved many feats including delivering Australia’s first Acknowledgment of Country in Chinese (Mandarin) at Macquarie University. In 2017 he was a Semi Finalist in the NSW/ACT Young Achievers Award for Aboriginal Education. He was also awarded the 2017 Cadet of the Year Walanga Muru at Macquarie University. Ryan continues to act as an Indigenous Outreach Student Mentor for Macquarie University. In his spare time Ryan is still playing football for St Augustine’s Old Boys team. Congratulations Ryan on your achievements and thank you for speaking at our assembly.

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