‘More Than a Word’ – Reconciliation Takes Action, 2021
Aboriginal and TSI Histories and Cultures
You would be aware that this is National Reconciliation Week. Our school has a number of related events planned, or that have already taken place.
Recently, Kaurna gentleman Corey Turner visited Seacliff Primary to give advice about development of our school’s proposed Kaurna Walk and Sustainable Community Garden. At staff meeting last week, all of our school’s staff members participated in anti-racism training run by Reconciliation SA. Several classes have recently contributed design ideas to Glenthorne National Park that somehow inspire connection with Aboriginal culture.
This Wednesday, Room 17 students will enjoy the National Reconciliation Week celebration at Neporendi Aboriginal Centre, Old Reynella. (Only one class per school could attend). Next week, some classes of the school will attend an interactive anti-racism workshop entitled ‘Like You, Like Me’, presented by Act Now Theatre and Reconciliation SA.
Also next week, Living Kaurna Cultural Centre is able to fit one class in for a ‘Bush Foods’ tour and history talk. On the next School Closure day, (June 11th), all of Seacliff Primary School’s staff members will receive Cultural Awareness training, through Southern Cultural Immersion, a Kaurna educational organisation. And, shortly, we will be following up an opportunity to engage Kaurna Languages Teacher, Lou Upton, to provide introductory lessons to some classes in speaking Kaurna.
We hope that these events will heighten each child’s and each teacher’s ongoing positive connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories, Cultures and Peoples and will also educate staff members and students about actively addressing racism.
‘Journey of Success’ Artwork
Our school has received a print of the artwork, ‘Journey of Success’. The artwork symbolises both the intent of the Aboriginal Education strategy and steps towards Reconciliation for the Department for Education. We will soon be displaying this piece in our school foyer and promotes our awareness, understanding and appreciation for Aboriginal culture and heritage. The link will take you to information about the Aboriginal Education Strategy 2019 – 2029 and the meaning behind the artwork itself. Journey-of-Success-Artwork
Thank you to Lucas, Jocelyn, Gihana and Darcy for helping to display the artwork.