By the time you receive this edition of the Calling, our four homestay students would have already landed home in Normanton after a day of travelling from Brisbane via Cairns. For Antione Callope-Tucker, Raymond Dalton and new students, Rakeem Rainbow and Joedicy Pascoe, the term break is a time to reconnect with family, a chance to stop and reflect on the past term, and to take in a bit of fishing on the side!

Both Rakeem and Joedicy agree that while some of the new subjects have been hard, all teachers were a great help, and students made them feel welcome. A highlight this term for Rakeem was taking 5 wickets for 20 against Padua, while for Joedicy attending the Indigenous All Stars game at Suncorp Stadium was an experience he won’t forget, “So many Murri’s in one place!” he said. Joedicy’s comment is a pertinent reminder of what the majority of us take for granted - living in a majority culture and not having the daily reminders of difference - something these young men would often be aware of, especially as new students. One thing all the boys agreed on was looking forward to a “good sleep-in” when they got home. By coincidence, on the trip home, Joedicy will also join his sister enroute in Cairns, as she returns home from St Patrick’s Girls' College in Townsville where she was boarding.

A specials thanks to all teachers, group tutors, House Deans and sports coaches who have provided the opportunities and the activities for all these young men to feel part of the College community. As always it is our homestay families who put the extra investment into the care of these boys. Thank you to Laurie and Vicki Caruana, David and Finola Molloy, and Ted and Belinda Granville for settling the boys into productive routines and relationships.

We are always keen to hear from families who might be interested in assisting in the homestay program. If you have any questions regarding the program or feel you could help out in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Luke Royes - Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education