Yarrabilba’s New Primary School’s First Day …
There was high excitement at South Rock State School on Monday 23rd January as students, parents, and guests arrived for the opening day of their new school. The Mununjali Dancers conducted a smoking ceremony as we waited for the official “Welcome to Country” ceremony to begin.
Guests included Education Minister Grace Grace MP, and Member for Logan, Linus Power MP, the school’s builders, cultural advisers, and representatives of the school’s partners – Camp Australia, 5FOLD, and Thom & Ann’s.
Most importantly were the students dressed in their new uniforms reflecting the colours of the school’s natural surroundings. It was a day to be remembered for the children and their families.
One of the traditional custodians, Mr Ted White, spoke about his father’s connection to the land. The Mununjali Dancers performed, and a video of Waylene Currie, designer of the school’s special artwork and logo, explaining the significance of her painting ‘Ngullingi (Us)’, was presented.
Principal Aaron Jones introduced the P&C Executive saying that the P&C would give parents a voice in “shaping the vision and values of the school”.
After the ceremony, Linus Power said: “As a high school teacher, I know how important it is to have a new school in a developing area, especially a high-quality school.”
Rebecca Ryan, president of the P&C, said that as a mother she felt safe having her children attending a supportive, community minded school.
All the work, preparation, meetings, and building, has paid off! South Rock State School is now open, and the foundation year students have begun their learning journey.
By Susan Alexander (Reporter)