Exploring faith and culture

St James Catholic College Year 10 students Jack, Emily, Brooke and Tom, accompanied by teacher Ms Lynnette Davies and Tasmanian National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) representative Miss Jaimi Armstrong, travelled to Darwin to attend the 2015 NATSICC Conference. 

NATSICC is made up of Indigenous Catholic representatives from all states and territories in Australia and acts as an avenue that helps Indigenous Australians to have a voice in the Catholic Church in Australia. The Council regularly meets with the Bishops Committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to discuss concerns, suggestions and future projects.

During the four-day conference held at Kormilda College in Berrimah in early July the students actively participated with their peers working alongside other Indigenous youth from all over Australia. As a group, the students worked together on developing their leadership skills, as well as taking the opportunity to reflect and explore their faith and culture.

the students truly shone throughout the whole experience

Representing St James Catholic College in a national capacity, the students truly shone throughout the whole experience. Miss Armstrong said "Many delegates at the conference commented on our student’s enthusiasm to participate in all activities, their knowledge of faith and culture, as well as the respectful and caring manner in which they behaved."

Support for the students attending the conference was partially funded through NATSICC. In addition, the College acknowledges the support of the Sisters of St Joseph Vic/Tas who stepped in and contributed vital further funds towards the trip.

For more information on NATSICC please contact the Tasmanian representative .