Carramar: West Coast’s Wellingham shares reconciliation message with St Stephen’s School students


West Coast Eagles player Sharrod Wellingham with St Stephen’s School Carramar students. Picture: Tony McDonough
West Coast Eagles player Sharrod Wellingham with St Stephen’s School Carramar students. Picture: Tony McDonough

CARRAMAR students were visited by footballer Sharrod Wellingham this month to promote reconciliation.

The West Coast Eagles player met with students at St Stephen’s School in Carramar, where he spoke about the importance of Reconciliation WA’s work, his background and answered questions.

The school was one of six in WA to receive a $2000 School Reconciliation Grant last year, which it used to introduce an immersion program with two remote schools in the Kimberley region.

Schools are invited to apply for this year’s grants, run by Reconciliation WA and SGIO, to establish or improve their reconciliation programs.

Reconciliation WA chief executive James Back encouraged school groups, teachers, parents and communities to apply.

“The School Reconciliation Grants can be used for initiatives like running cultural workshops for staff and parents, inviting Aboriginal elders or community people to speak at schools, or holding events to celebrate reconciliation,” he said.

St Stephen’s School global programs director Mark Fielding said the grant was used to provide resources to its two sister schools.

“The grant has enabled us to work with the communities of Purnululu and Yiyili to help close the gap in education and provide additional opportunities to students so they can enjoy a brighter future,” he said.

Applications can be made at www.recwa.org.au until August 4.

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