Reconciliation Week

Womendjeka! This means ‘Welcome’ or ‘Hello’ in Woiwurrung the traditional language of the first nations people in Melbourne.

Throughout this week we have explored Reconciliation Week across the school. For students who were at school, they were greeted on Monday morning with decorations, posters and balloons to mark the week and raise awareness of this significant event. In Junior School, our students have done a range of activities exploring Indigenous languages and culture. Prep C even did a dance class in the Chapel from the Move it Mob style series. We had some wonderful stingrays, sharks and sea eagles!

To combine with Prep – Year 2 Rainbow Day, the Dreamtime story ‘The Rainbow Serpent’ has been explored and in Senior School, Wellbeing classes addressed the issue of passive racism through the Beyond Blue ‘Invisible Discriminator’ clips. Our Social Justice and Community Captains, Ellen Streat and Lilly Hopp heard Indigenous musician and speaker Scott Darlow share about the complex history of the relationship between the 300 Indigenous nations and non Indigenous people over the last 200 years. It is our hope to continue to develop Reconciliation Week in coming years. As a school, we are proud to acknowledge the members Wirandjuri and Boon Warrung nations, and pay our respect to their elders past, present and emerging.

Reflection from Lilly Hopp about hearing Scott Darlow:

"I mainly took away how prevalent the issues are now. It has been drilled into us that there has been improvement, but there can be this idea that First Nations people should just 'forgive and forget' because this happened a long time ago. However, it has happened for hundreds of years and still continues today."

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