On Tuesday 1st June, 2021 we came together as a school to celebrate and share our learning about National Reconciliation week. Some students worked with Mrs McCade & Mrs Green to plan and present our event, they are featured in one of our pictures below. We are grateful to them for the work that they all put in to ensuring that our celebration was respectful and demonstrated our commitment to reconciliation.
The team reminded us that National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration held from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June. These dates are key events in Australian History and are strong symbols for reconciliation.
The theme for this year is “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.” It inspires us to take action to work together and contribute to the reconciliation of our country.
2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. We hope that teaching and learning about the wrongs done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will deepen our understanding and in turn lead to greater equality and equity as we work towards a reconciled nation.
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all of us to celebrate and build on respectful relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We watched short clips, listened to what classes have been learning about while looking at photo samples on the screen we then listened and watched as J2 performed the song “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” with actions in Kaurna language, then P2 and P3 repeated the performance in Pitjanjatjara language.
We have created a display in our foyer and display boards through out he school to continue to share the message of reconciliation with our community and visitors.
While Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward; creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships starts with the actions of us here at Dernancourt School.