Holy Family School students say sorry on National Sorry Day

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Holy Family Primary School students formed the word SORRY on Wednesday for National Sorry Day. Photo: Submitted
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Holy Family Primary School students formed the word SORRY on Wednesday for National Sorry Day. Photo: Submitted

Today was National Sorry Day and to recognise and acknowledge the day students at Holy Family Primary School gathered on the school oval to physically form the word SORRY.

National Sorry Day is observed annually on May 26 and remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as 'The Stolen Generations'.

It's a day to acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations survivors and a day that's also commemorated by Australians right around the country.

The first National Sorry Day was held on May 26, 1998, one year after the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Parliament.

The Bringing Them Home report is a result of a government inquiry into the past policies which caused children to be removed from their families and communities in the 20th century.

"Holy Family School recognises the importance of remembering the Stolen Generation and the mistreatment that occurred to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people," principal Denise Gersbach said.

Holy Family's Aboriginal Education Worker Mrs Donna Payne coordinated all classes in forming the word SORRY today, with former Holy Family student Jack Westcott taking the photo via a drone.

From tomorrow, May 27 until June 3, it is also National Reconciliation Week.