Time for a yarn at San Clemente High School

On Tuesday 24 October, San Clemente High School, Mayfield, officially opened its Aboriginal Outdoor Learning and Yarning Circle (Yarning Circle). 

School principal, Mr Scott Donohoe, welcomed Father Bill, State Member for Newcastle, Mr Tim Crakenthorp, Mrs Louise Campbell and Helene O’Neill from the Catholic Schools Office along with an enthusiastic group of teachers and students.

In the spirit of reconciliation, this space is a place where all members of our school community can meet, share, pray and learn.

The Yarning Circle was made possible through a successful application made by the school’s P&F to the NSW State Government’s Community Building Partnerships scheme.

The event began with a traditional smoking ceremony led by CSO Aboriginal Education Officer, Louise Campbell, and a group of our Indigenous students.

Speakers reminded us of the importance of Aboriginal culture and having a “yarn”, an informal chat, to work through some of life’s problems and come up with some ways to move forward; to share life’s joys, to laugh and to celebrate.

The large, solid sandstone blocks, the formidable structure of the Yarning Circle, is a testament to our school community’s ongoing support and commitment to our Aboriginal students, families and culture.

The reverence and respect with which the students participated in the ceremony showed their depth of understanding, connection and eagerness to learn more about their amazing, rich and dynamic culture.

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