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Student Keegan Victor and teacher Beth Murphy.

Mazenod Indigenous student podcast wins

By Melissa Sheil

A PODCAST interviewing Indigenous student boarders on what their life is like at one of Perth’s top boys schools received commendation earlier this month.

The Welcome to My Country podcast, produced by Mazenod College in Lesmurdie won a QCE award in the community category by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia (CEWA) at a gala breakfast ceremony.

Head of Learning Diversity at Mazenod Beth Murphy came up with the podcast idea as a way to learn about the experiences of Indigenous students who are boarding at the school.

“The boys bring their culture to the forefront and speak openly and honestly about the past present and future,” she said.

“They talk about life at home and the challenges they face away from Country.”

“The podcast is a wonderful celebration of identity, and recognition of our wonderful students who were so gracious in sharing their stories with the wider community and we are immensely proud of winning the award.”

Beginning in June, the series contains eight episodes so far, each interviewing Indigenous students from different year groups and backgrounds, as well as teachers.

The QCE Awards celebrate the dedication of school communities, staff and students in Catholic schools across Western Australia.

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