Acknowledgement of Country
St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School Emerald acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the lands, waterways and skies across Australia. We pay our respect and acknowledge the Kairi people as the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which St Brigid’s is situated and extend that respect to the Wangan and Western Kangaloo people. We pay our respects to their Elders and all Elders, past, present and emerging. We honour them for maintaining the cultural and intellectual foundations that ensure these traditions continue in perpetuity
St Brigid's Reconiliation Action Plan
2023 Important Dates
STEM Robotics Workshop
28th of March
Indigenous students from St Brigid’s and St Pat’s attended a robotics workshop at St Brigid’s. Allan Wilson (Indigenous Education Project Officer) and Paul Norton (Consultant: Science, Technologies, STEM, NAPLAN and eLearning) from Rockhampton ran the workshop where our Indigenous students got to complete a coding challenge using an EV3 Robot to retell a First Nations Australian story. The children worked together to investigate how a robot can move forwards, backwards and turn. Basic movement algorithms and measurement knowledge were used to navigate a simple obstacle course. Everyone had a great time and mastered using the robots!!
27th of May - 3rd of June
. Reconciliation Week is celebrated Australia Wide and is a time for every Australian to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It is a time to explore how all Australians can contribute to achieving Reconciliation in Australia.
2nd - 9th of July
NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is a Nationwide celebration and an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories.
This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘For Our Elders’. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders are not only fundamental to our community, but they are the leaders and the wisdom keepers. And they are a bridge between the modern world and First Nations culture. This year’s theme acknowledges the enormous task Our Elders have in maintaining and passing on the traditional knowledge, values and cultural practices.
Mrs Lia Creedon
My name is Lia Creedon and I have recently started in the role as Regional Indigenous Education Liaison Officer for St Brigid’s, St Patrick’s, St Joseph’s Clermont and Sacred Heart Springsure.
I aim to support students and their families culturally, academically and pastorally, as well as share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and spiritualities with the whole school community.
I am from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Moreton Bay near Brisbane and have been living in Emerald for 13 years with my husband and family. We think Emerald is a great town to live in!
I am very excited to be taking on this role and honored to be sharing my culture with you all. I look forward to meeting you as the term progresses, please say hi if you see me around the school.
Art design and story by Camille Swallow
Grandmother of Maleah Stacey (Year 4) and Ljay Stacey (Prep) 2022
Our vision is about uniting parents, children and teachers together as a community on our wonderful country for learning which our great spirit has created for us all.
The figures across the bottom represent the people of our land joining hands, coming together to teach and hand down the knowledge to the future generations.
The hands join together as one to strive for excellence and connect to our country. They also represent when Jesus was nailed to the cross.
The white circles in the centre show light of new life that Jesus gave us when he rose from his grave.
The red circles are the tracks of the children leaving their footprints on our country in sports and in culture.
The blue, red and white dotted/lines represent different cultures from all walks of life coming together to learn and share at school and with our community.
The design in the middle are the leaves for everything that grows on country. It's also where parents, children, teachers and community gather to celebrate and learn more by teaching each other how to grow in life and how to connect to its peoples. The leaves also represent the crown of thorns that were placed on Jesus's head when he sacrificed his life.
The white dots show the water in the dam flowing over the spill way and washing in the Nogoa River.
The cross represents The Lord Christ who gave life and light to all on this earth.
And in the middle of the painting is his spirit figure walking on country guiding us.