Wednesday 3 June marks the conclusion of a significant week recognising National Reconciliation Week .The theme this year is
#InThisTogether. We reflect on the journey so far, and the work ahead.
Today we officially opened the Aboriginal Connections Hub at Westport Campus.
In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia's journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.
Much has happened since the early days of the people's movement for reconciliation including greater acknowlegment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution.
As always, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and Australians now benefit from the efforts and contributions of people committed to reconciliation in the past.
Today we work together to further that national journey towards a fully reconciled country.
At Hastings Secondary College we work closely with staff, students and community on this journey to build sustainable relationships to support this growth. The vision of the Aboriginal Connections Hub and the official opening today is an example of a space where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students can meet and connect.
You are never too old to start learning, and you’re never too young to aim high and achieve great things.
Everything begins in the heart and mind. Every great achievement began in the mind of one person. They dared to dream, to believe that it was possible. Take some time to allow yourself to ask “What if?” Think big.
For our students, always remember that someone else’s opinion is nothing more than opinion. It’s ultimately up to you to determine what you can or can’t accomplish. No one can do it for you, just as no one can predict the future. Your future is in your hands so never let a dream snatcher convince you to give up on something that matters to you. It’s your life and your choice.