City’s first symbol of healing

ENSURING PAST IS NOT FORGOTTEN: St Patrick's College headmaster John Crowley says a new a healing garden will ensure the past is never forgotten. Picture: Kate Healy

ENSURING PAST IS NOT FORGOTTEN: St Patrick's College headmaster John Crowley says a new a healing garden will ensure the past is never forgotten. Picture: Kate Healy

A HEALING garden will pave the pathway for survivors of sexual abuse to heal, remember and help the community ensure traumatic abuse never happens again. 

St Patrick’s College principal John Crowley says the school community must acknowledge the terrible abuse of the past, but also find ways to move forward.

A new healing garden will feature ribbons tied to the school gates.

“One of the key things survivors wanted was that the garden was colourful – that it provided a sense of hope, of togetherness,” Mr Crowley said.

“The last two-and-a-half years has been about the community acknowledging and understanding what happened. The key thing now is ensuring action into the future.

“That involves us working with victims and survivors.”

Mr Crowley said the school was investigating ways to develop a support scheme for past students which would find ways to provide those who needed it with financial or support in other ways. 

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