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National Reconciliation Week
May 27 - June 3
‘Be Brave. Make Change.’
This theme represents a challenge to all Australians—to ‘Be Brave’ and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can ‘Make Change’ for the benefit of all Australians. National Reconciliation week is a great time to reflect on our shared cultures, history and explore how to continue to build the reconciliation process in Australia.
During the week students will participate in a series of experiences organised around a different theme for each day. The themes include:
- Monday: What is Reconciliation?
- Tuesday: Knowing Country (for example thinking about language maps and locations).
- Wednesday: Connection to Country (including creation stories).
- Thursday: Protecting Country (and the relationship of First Nations people to environments).
- Friday: Traditional ceremonies and First Nations culture.
Wear it Yellow Day
On Friday 3rd June we will celebrate Wear it Yellow Day, which is a fundraising initiative to celebrate First Nations culture and enrich the future of First Nations children and their families. It is a free dress day, in which children are encouraged to wear yellow (from a splash to an entire outfit) and donate a gold coin.
This day will begin with a very special assembly and Acknowledgement of Country hosted by Samantha Roberts. Samantha is a proud descendent of the Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung Tribes of the Melbourne and Bendigo regions. Throughout the day Samantha will work with students to examine First Nations culture, including artefacts, traditional symbols, flags and traditional symbols.
~ Teachers from the Koorie Perspectives School Improvement Team