Mater Dei College students mark Sorry Day with performance


Mater Dei College students during their Sorry Day performance.
Mater Dei College students during their Sorry Day performance.

ORIGINAL musical and dramatic performances formed part of Sorry Day activities at an Edgewater school.

Mater Dei College hosted an event to mark the occasion, attended by Catholic Education WA director Tim McDonald, North Metropolitan MLC Ken Travers, City of Joondalup councillors Nige Jones and Philippa Taylor and representatives from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

It included performances by Year 11 drama students and the school choir, written especially for the event, as well as a 7m mural created by art and design students.

Drama teacher Maree Grayden said the performance aimed to deepen students’ awareness and strengthen their sensitivities of Aboriginal culture.

“We hope that we encourage the school community to reflect on healing and reconciliation; that is the ‘business’ of Sorry Day,” she said.

Art teacher Toby Hurd said the mural celebrated Aboriginal people who had achieved amazing things despite adversity. “We wanted to highlight their achievements and showcase their spirit on a large scale visual,” he said.

“We were aiming to educate the college community through the arts.”