Students from all learning centres investigated in their own ways – the meaning of reconciliation. Students in Years 5-6 investigated the changes that have been made in Australia’s history over time and the ever changing relationships with Australia’s Indigenous people. The students were shocked to hear that the Indigenous people of Australia were once not included on the census – or allowed to vote – and were eager to find out more. Some students investigated the 1967 Referendum, others looked into understanding the importance of the spiritual connection that the Indigenous people have with the land. Students wanted to showcase their new found understanding by putting together everyone’s work as a whole group onto a poster.
Year 3-4 students investigated the ideas of harmony, acceptance and understanding, specifically focussing on the culture and history of the Aboriginal Australians. The students identified there was not a large profile of Aboriginal Australians within our school so they decided to think about possible actions they could take to change this. They traced around their foot to symbolise taking the next step and chose an action they would like to see happen. One of our students – Heidi, who comes from an Aboriginal Australian background, was excited to be able to share her knowledge of her culture stating “I’m proud to be an Aboriginal Australian!”
In response to Reconciliation Week, the Year 1-2 students explored Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories. After reading and discussing the stories, students were inspired to create their own dreamtime paintings which were bright and colourful. The students also gave their images a title and are going to use them as a seed for a future writing piece.
Foundation were lucky enough to have a Koorie representative – Braydon – as a student in their Learning Centre. Braydon’s Mum Amber came to share her favourite Dreamtime story of Tiddalick the Frog. Students enjoyed watching an animation of the dreamtime story and summarised the meaning to be that ‘You shouldn’t be greedy’ and that ‘the animals and people worked together to solve the problem.’