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ERA leaders gather at Rostrevor

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Reconciliation and ecology were the focus of the Edmund Rice Education Australia annual conference for student leaders held at Rostrevor College from January 19-22.

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The gathering of 52 young people from EREA member and associate schools around Australia began with a Walking on Country ceremony and included a walk through Morialta, an excursion to Glenelg and a tour of Adelaide Oval.

Local students attending the conference were Rostrevor College vice captain Christy Saji, Christian Brothers College captain Giuseppe Baldino and St Paul’s College captain William Pead-Ferenczi.

Christy said the group had learned a lot about Indigenous culture and how it could be further integrated into schools.

Using a program called Waterhole, the students gained an understanding of the impact of European civilisation and the injustices Aboriginal people faced.

“It was very confronting,” Christy said.

Giuseppe said an important part of the conference was “voicing our opinions as leaders” and talking about how they could be “the best leaders possible”.

“We’ve been learning from each other and looking at what we can do to optimise the year for students.”

William acknowledged it was a “big responsibility” to be selected as leaders and welcomed the opportunity to share ideas and bond with interstate students. “As they told us, we are 52 out of 40,000 students,” he said.

The trio plans to keep in touch and perhaps even get the three schools to do something together during the year.

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