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Celebrating National Reconciliation Week in the Junior School

During National Reconciliation Week, the Junior School embraced the theme “Now More Than Ever,” recognising the importance of unity, respect, and understanding. Throughout the week, our school community came together to celebrate, educate, and reflect on the significance of reconciliation.

One of the highlights was the Sea of Hands installation in the Atrium, where every boy created a hand inspired by Indigenous artists. This beautiful display, by our Head of Art, Priscilla Williams, was a powerful visual representation of our commitment to Reconciliation and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Teachers Margie McDonough and Tremaine Pavlovski were privileged to attend the Reconciliation Oration in Melbourne. They brought back valuable insights, emphasising the importance of sustainability and caring for the Country. From a Junior School perspective, our goal will be to encourage our boys to ask, “What can I do for the Country, not what can I take from the Country?”

Each year level engaged deeply with Reconciliation work, connecting their learning to the pillars of reconciliation: historical acceptance, race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, and unity. Classrooms created Wominjeka displays as provocations for the boys, fostering an environment of respect and welcome.

Two dedicated assemblies, on Monday and Friday, were highlights of the week. The Year 6 Language and Culture Service Team led these assemblies, sharing their learnings and projects. Reverend Campbell offered a heartfelt prayer in the spirit of reconciliation, bringing a moment of reflection and unity.

Our week-long celebration culminated on Friday 31 May, with a truly immersive experience. The day began with a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony conducted by Wurundjeri Elder Ian Hunter.

Following this, Ganga Giri led dynamic Indigenous workshops for the Prep to Year 7 boys, featuring high-energy dance, music, bushcraft, survival skills, and ochre marking. These activities were engaging and deeply educational, providing our boys with hands-on experiences that enriched their understanding of Indigenous cultures. This immersive day was made possible by the generous donation from the Swap Shop – a big thank you to them for their support.

Reconciliation Week has reminded us of the importance of acknowledging and respecting the histories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As a school community, we are committed to fostering a spirit of reconciliation, understanding, and respect.

Thank you to everyone who made this week so meaningful. Together, we are taking the necessary steps toward a more inclusive and understanding community.

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