Reconciliation Week Across EREA
Reconciliation Week is an important event held each year across Australia. “During National Reconciliation Week 2020, we acknowledge that every one of us has a role to play in reconciliation. In playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures. Our theme for #NRW2020 – In this together – is resonating now in ways we could not have foreseen but it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all #InThisTogether2020.”
Below are some stories from across our network of schools.
Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre acknowledged National Reconciliation Week with opportunities to discuss the meaning of reconciliation and the importance of Sorry Day to not only the nation but particularly to our local Aboriginal people.
Classes worked on engagement tasks focussed on the Adam Goodes documentary ‘The Final Quarter’ and used this as a starting point to discuss wider issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Every morning gave an opportunity to share stories and information with our young people.
The week also saw our school’s first faction day. Teams were allocated colours and traditional local bird names from the Wajarri language. Young people engaged in fun activities to win points for their teams with the hope of winning the overall shield. It was a day of much fun and laughter developed by our Youth Work team and supported by all school staff. The faction groups will continue to be an important part of our future activities program.
The final day also provided an opportunity to share a meal in recognition of National Reconciliation Week and to share some delicious cupcakes with our regional Catholic Education WA office.
Ambrose Treacy College
Ignatius Park College
Ignatius Park College have celebrated Reconciliation Week in style, with a new Indigenous mural taking pride of place at the school.
Aquinas College, Ringwood
The Aquinas College community in Ringwood Victoria continued their long-standing commitment to reconciliation by celebrating The Long Walk 2020 in a new and creative way. It is commitment such as this that exemplifies the fact that we are all in this together.