National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
Each year, Reconciliation Week is celebrated with a theme. This year’s theme, ‘Grounded in truth, walk together with courage’ reminds us all that at the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.
To acknowledge this week within our school community, Belinda Bonney our ACEO, designed a reconciliation poster. She then worked with our ATSI students, and groups of students from each class, to come together and complete the poster which is now on display in our front office. Our school community came together in the afternoon to talk about what we knew about NRW and what each symbol on the poster represented. We think we created something very special together, so please come through the front office and interpret what each section represents.