National Reconciliation Week

This week, we have celebrated National Reconciliation Week.

The theme for 2022 is “Be Brave, Make Change”. This is a call to everyone to recognise shared cultures, histories and achievements and explore what each one of us can do to achieve reconciliation in Australia – and thereby find our heart as a nation.

As a whole school, we have gathered in our house colours from Monday to Wednesday this week, to read books that address the reasons why we need to be brave and make change to unify our country. The books have highlighted the importance of culture, respect and accepting others, while providing children with the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on what they need to do to make change happen.

One of the books that was read was “Finding Our Heart”, which tells how First Nations people from across the country came together to express their hopes that they will have a First Nations voice in the Constitution. The blurb reads, “When we all came together at Uluru, we invited all Australian people to accept our voice and our culture as a gift.”

We also read “Respect” and “Somebody’s Land”. Both of these stories reiterate the message of acceptance, listening, respect and acknowledging the rich cultures of the traditional custodians of these lands.

It was amazing to hear the responses from so many children. As one young student observed- it is really important that we listen to others, as we cannot find the heart by ourselves. What a profound statement from a young child.

Students have expressed their thoughts and reflections around their classroom doors, should you wish to read their insights.