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Non Nobis Solum: How one St Hilda’s School student is living the school’s motto

“Since COVID-19 hit I have seen a lot more people living on the Gold Coast streets. I have also heard and read many stories of people losing their jobs. This made me feel very devastated and I knew that my family and I must try to help in any way we could,” says Year 6 St Hilda’s School student Gabrielle Aloysius, as she shares about a very special partnership she has forged between her school, her local church and business

St Hilda’s School Pre-Prep children sharing their arms painted with ochre – lines for animals in the sky, on the land and in the ocean during a visit by Kombumerri Traditional Owner Justine Dillon in 2021
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"Animals in the sky, animals on the land and animals in the ocean”

“We are grateful for regular visits by Kombumerri Traditional Owners and Yugambeh Elders, which help to build our relationships with and knowledge of our local First Nations peoples and their cultures, thus contributing to the vision of Reconciliation,” says St Hilda’s School Pre-Prep Director, Lisa Cleverly

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Time to listen and learn because change only starts with us

“I gained a greater understanding of the importance of ‘sorry’, Reconciliation and the power of education. I believe encouraging school students to visit places like the Beulah Community, in order to hear directly from First Nations peoples, is essential for creating change,” says Year 12 St Hilda’s School student Aimee Webb on her recent excursion to the Beulah Community and St Mark’s Anglican Church, Buderim

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Blessings Bench and Kindness Path initiated by St Hilda’s students

Three very special St Hilda’s School students tell us about their Blessings Bench and Kindness Path initiatives, inspiring others with their insights into the meaning of friendship and the importance of kindness: “Kindness is an important part of being a good friend and friends are such a big part of life and are always there for you. It is important to show kindness to everyone because we don’t know what people are going through. Even just a little act, like a smile, can make a difference and make people feel safe and welcome”