On Wednesday 26th May we held a special assembly which was attended by all students from Preschool to Year 10, along with all staff, some Board members and parent reps to officially launch our school's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Cycle 3 and 4 students who were on the RAP Working Group spoke to the whole school to explain what a RAP is, the importance of a RAP and shared our RAP vision.
Mandy Brown, a local Peramangk leader provided a Welcome to Country and read some of her poetry about Reconciliation and Sorry Day.
Ruth and Lauren's Cycle 1 Primary class also presented an Acknowledgment of Country that they had written themselves.
In addition to speaking about the RAP, students spoke about the meaning and significance of Sorry Day (26th May) and Reconciliation Week which starts on Thursday 27th May.
It is important that our school celebrates the launching of our RAP and fully understands the significance of committing to doing what we have said we will do and working towards achieving our stated actions.
Our RAP and the process of reconciliation does not just sit with one person or a committee, it is the responsibility of all of us to play our part to recognise and respect the First Peoples of this land, to acknowledge the past injustices, and the ongoing inequalities, experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since colonisation, and to commit to working towards a more equal and respectful future.
I would like to thank the RAP Working Group for their input and particular thanks to Nat Costello and Tim Moore for their leadership in this area.
All of the students also enjoyed a performance by 'Imbala'; a Peramangk dance group in the afternoon.