Saturday, 13th October - Saturday, 20th October 2018
Students will travel to Santa Teresa, an Arrernte indigenous community in the Northern Territory, located about 80 kilometres south-east of Alice Springs. This experience has traditionally involved girls only, as Santa Teresa has a rich feminine spiritual and cultural focus. Since 2007 women in the community have painted religious crosses which are exported to Catholic churches around the world. Students will immerse themselves in that local indigenous community and be of active service in support of the local community centre.
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Staff who have participated in the Santa Teresa Immersion experience in recent years include Ms Boyd, Mrs Scott, Ms Baines, Mrs Ryan and Ms Guzowska. They would welcome your inquiries.
These Immersion experiences aim to provide an authentic opportunity to live the Catholic Social Justice values and to return to our community informed and enlightened. Students will be better equipped to consider the prospect of engaging with minority groups in our local community. We continue to look for opportunities to strengthen and promote healthy relationships and connections between our school and the local Aboriginal community.
In recognition of the National Reconciliation process, we commit ourselves:
- towards authentic reconciliation;
- to build connections with our local Aboriginal community;
- to educate ourselves about the way the Aboriginal people of our nation are working to preserve their culture and spirituality; and
- towards healing, and away from the brokenness of the intergenerational trauma that the Stolen Generations have created.
If you require any additional information at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact me or Darren Wighton (our Aboriginal Education Worker), and I look forward to receiving your ‘expression of interest’ form.
They are called on to be people of hope, a hope demonstrated by and through the example of staff.