Reflecting on National Reconciliation Week
This year’s theme – ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’ – asked Australians to reflect on our national identity and
the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and rights in our nation’s story. The response was
immense, with more than one million Australians taking part in National Reconciliation Week on social media in a single
day (28 May).
Narragunnawali put out the call to schools and early learning services to let us know how you celebrated and what the
theme meant to you. We are very happy to showcase some of the responses we received.
Patty Lamaro, Teacher: “For NRW, we watched videos,
browsed websites and had discussions about Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reconciliation.
Students were then asked to create a poster about the
theme for NRW - Our History, Our Story, Our Future.
Students were asked to consider their posters’ purpose,
audience and reasons why they chose certain design
features. We then created a class jigsaw puzzle with a
timeline of significant dates in the history of reconciliation.
This has been a very valuable learning experience for my
Bunjil the Eagle is the creator spirit of the Aboriginal people of the Kulin Nation. Bunjil created the land, water, animals and the people. Bunjil the eagle protects the lands and watches over people. As a part of celebrating NRW and our ongoing journey of reconcilliation, The Grange Kindergarten have worked in partnership with The Grange P12 prep classes, our families and The Grange Community Centre 3+ groups to create a Community Bunjil the Eagle.
Le Fevre High School, South Australia
Le Fevre High School celebrated NRW with a whole
school assembly that featured comedian Josh Warrior and
traditional Kaurna dancing. Students at the school also
made a film reflecting on what reconciliation means to
them. Take a look here.