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St Joey’s Sorry Day activities St Joseph’s Murgon primary school Sorry Day activities included Uncle Eric Law telling traditional stories about his carpet snake totem. He’s pictured with Years 6-7 and their Year 3 buddies.

by Marcus Priaulx 29 May 2014

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itchell Bond won the Kenneth WatsonCuttler Memorial Award for Reconciliation on National Sorry Day last Monday. The St Joseph’s Murgon student took the school award because of his ability to get on with everyone. The prize was named after the man often given a hard time when he went to school but always forgave his tormentors. Australia’s National Sorry day has been held on May 26

since 1998 after the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report. This acknowledged the taking of Aboriginal children from their families in the 1950s and ’60s to place them in white homes. On February 13, 2008 Prime Minister Rudd apologised for the actions that inflicted “profound grief, suffering and loss”. St Joey’s marked the day this year with a special Lithurgy service and activities involving traditional Aboriginal storytelling, art, historical talks, colouring-in activities and others.

Front: Lataya Purcell, 6, Back: Yolande Fewquandie, 10, visiting All Hallows, Brisbane, Year-12 student Payton Grgurovic, school officer Niketa Law and Year-5 student Rebecca Palmer.

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