Reconciliation is not a word it's an action - the main theme of Reconciliation Week 2021 was discussed in Stage 3 classrooms today
26 May 2021 Reconciliation is not a word it's an action - the main theme of Reconciliation Week 2021 was discussed in Stage 3 classrooms today as National Sorry Day, 26th May, was acknowledged. This annual event is a reminder of the sentiments behind the tabling of the 'Bringing Them Home Report' in Federal Parliament 24 years ago. The Year 5 and 6 students took time to think about what the apology to the indigenous people was for. William, Hugh and Chris in 5/6W talked about the importance of the apology in recognising the families dislocated through the actions of the Australian Government during the years of the stolen generation, the loss of culture of the first peoples of Australia and the loss of much of their traditional lands. They had time to think about how each of us today can act to help continue the reconciliation process. As the students decorated hands, an iconic symbol of reconciliation, they enjoyed listening to the Indigenous gospel artist, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu. Gurrumul was an acclaimed musician who, although blind, had a faith which shone through in one of his final albums, 'The Gospel Album'. Enjoy his rendition of Amazing Grace sung with Paul Kelly.