Sorry Day

National Sorry Day

Indigenous students, friends, junior student leaders, Ms Portella, Hans Gregory (Youth Development Officer) and Helen Heaney went to the City of Whittlesea National Sorry Day event on Friday 26 May. The event is held annually to acknowledge, remember and recognise Indigenous Australians of the Stolen Generations. The hand print map of Australia in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags (made by Whittlesea Secondary College students and staff during National Reconciliation Week 2016) was the centre piece of the hall during the proceedings. With the beautiful sounds of the didgeridoo, and in glorious sunshine we walked the Sorry Walk to pay our respects and to say sorry.  

Reflecting on ways reconciliation or awareness of Indigenous history in Australia, from our students:

  • We could have more things like recognising Aboriginals and more murals around the city and in schools. Toby, year 8
  • Spread the word through our schools and families that Aboriginals are around and the law and other services should treat each other the same. Caleb year 8
  • To recognise the heritage of our land I believe that we could start by really making it apparent that we are here and adopting indigenous ways into our normal lives. I still believe that we need to work hard and to get the Indigenous peoples of Australia recognised on the constitution however that will take time and can be something to work up to. Mitch, year 10
  • I could talk with others about the issues that the Indigenous children went through and promote awareness about it, and adopt some of their culture in our lives to recognise Australia’s history.  Harmony and William, year 8
  • There could be a group where non-Indigenous people ask and talk to the Indigenous people. This will just let people know how an Indigenous life is. Emily, year 8
  • I could promote Indigenous awareness by discussing Indigenous history with young people and talk to them about how they feel about what happened in early Australia. Alicia, year 8
  • We would promote Indigenous awareness and their traditional ways of life by teaching kids in schools about the Indigenous culture that was lost. Jess and Brianna, year 9


Helen Heaney

Indigenous Education Coordinator