To acknowledge National Reconciliation Week this year, our GWSC community engaged in a number of activities where they had the opportunity to learn more about indigenous histories, cultures, and achievements, whilst also exploring how we can each contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for ‘NRW’ remain the same each year - 27th of May to the 3rd of June - as they commemorate two significant milestones in our nation’s reconciliation journey, the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation Australia’s theme for ‘NRW’ this year was “Be Brave. Make Change.”, as they issued a challenge to all Australians — including individuals, families, communities, organisations and our government — to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Student leaders and staff from our Middle School Executive, Fundraising Committee, Tech Crew and ‘GWSC GIANTS’ Multicultural AFL Program came together to help organise and run a range of different events throughout ‘NRW’, including – Aboriginal flag raising ceremony, Acknowledgement of Country, Woiwurrung Words & Phrase of the Week, Indigenous Morning Music Medley Mix, ‘First Nations Fact Find’ QR Code Scavenger Hunt, Humanities and Living & Learning ‘NRW’ lessons, Indigenous resource displays, ‘Deadly Dollar Drinks’ Donation Drive, Marngrook Match, in addition to our Fundraising BBQ and Raffle in support of The Barrawarn Program. Special thanks to all of the students and staff who helped out with these events to both acknowledge and celebrate ‘NRW’ in 2022.
Thank-you also to all members of our GWSC community who engaged with our awareness campaigns and also supported our fundraising efforts during ‘NRW’. Together we raised an incredible $2557 in donations to support The Barrawarn Program, which will enable them to further assist and empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through education, training and employment opportunities.
May you all continue to “Be Brave and Make Change” as we move forward together….
Mr Mark Robinson.