Everyone lent a hand at Chevalier College last week to share in and celebrate Reconciliation Week.
Every student got involved preparing paper stencils of their own hands in red, yellow and black to create a large Aboriginal flag design on the court floor in the new multi-purpose hall.
All the home room teachers took their classes on a Reconciliation Walk around the mezzanine level of the hall to view the display and reflect upon the issues raised by this year’s theme Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage.
At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history. Our nation’s past is reflected in the present, and will continue to play out in future unless we heal historical wounds.
Today, 80 per cent of Australians believe it is important to undertake formal truth telling processes, according to the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other.
Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage. This National Reconciliation Week, we invite Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to our national movement towards a unified future.
Reconciliation Australia website
Teacher and a Well-being Coordinator at the college Simon O’Hea, who organised the Chev activities for NRW, said “It was fantastic to see every student have an opportunity to be personally involved in this year’s Reconciliation Week project.”
Photos taken of the display show that many hands make light work and Simon thanked all the staff who supported the project “including the Principal Chris McDermott; the College Leadership Team; Andy Gordon for his technical help; and the House Leaders who gave up their evening to carefully construct the flag. Thank you all.”
For further information and to see how to get involved visit: www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/
Chevalier College is on Aboriginal Land.
We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners. The Gundungarra people lived upon and fought and died here. It is on their ancestral lands that we gather to learn.
As we share our skills, art and stories may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.
We would also like to pay our respect to the Elders past, present and future and extend our respect to any Aboriginal people present.