Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians and at the heart of this are the relationships between people. Reconciliation week is an opportunity to acknowledge the past, to deepen our understanding, to learn and to commit to working together for a better future. Over the last week, students in the High School have engaged with the theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week, In This Together, in a variety of ways.
Some of our indigenous students participated in an AIME mentoring session via Zoom. AIME is an organisation that is focused on changing the world by building a "Social Network for Good.. building bridges between those with power and those without". The School has been partnering with this organisation for the last eight years and we value our connection with the program greatly, having witnessed first hand the positive impact it has had on our students.
In PDHPE lessons, students participated in a variety of games from The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games, a resource developed to provide all Australians with a greater understanding and appreciation of indigenous culture.
In Year 8, Visual Art students were inspired by the use of symbols in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to tell stories and document places and experiences. They created their own symbols to make maps of their journey to school (see above). Year 8 Geography students watched the documentary In My Blood It Runs and explored the impact understanding identity has on fostering unity in diversity.
Year 9 and 10 Visual Art elective students created their own versions of the 2020 Reconciliation Week poster, expressing what the theme meant to them (see top).
Year 11 English Studies students watched The Final Quarter and discussed racism in sport and in the broader community, and Year 12 Visual Design students learnt some local Bundjalung words, using the Planet Corroboree resource, and put their typography skills to good use (above at bottom).
Visual Art and Design Teacher