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National Reconciliation Week

Posted 4 June 2018
Reconciliation week breakfast

National Reconciliation Week was initiated in 1996, and each year builds and celebrates the rich Indigenous histories and cultures we have within Australia. It provides an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate our current achievements in attaining reconciliation, and reflect upon the changes that are yet to be made. The week, held annually from 27 May to 3 June, is bookended by both the 1967 Referendum and the Mabo decision, two major and significant events within our journey to achieving reconciliation. This year’s theme, ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow’, explores the Indigenous histories that still remain somewhat unknown. This history is ready and waiting to be learned about and uncovered. Through the exploration of the lesser known aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements, we can think about what aspects of our shared history we do not know.

Reconciliation week breakfast

Reconciliation week breakfast

This year, members of Wesley’s Glen Waverley Campus held multiple events to help celebrate the Indigenous cultures present within both our own Wesley community and Australia. The main event of the week was the Reconciliation Breakfast held on Friday morning. The breakfast was initiated last year and was a great success, with attendees coming away with an increased knowledge and understanding of the history that we share. This year, it was important to have a guest speaker that could reflect on their personal experiences and their connection to reconciliation. The guest speakers for the breakfast were from within Wesley, including Tyrone Bean, Kaylene Marr and Yiramalay students.  Hearing from speakers within the school helped us recognise and celebrate the cultures and individuals present within our own community. 

Reconciliation week breakfast

Reconciliation week breakfast

Kaylene Marr, Yiramalay Cultural Mentor
 
Through the sharing of stories, all students, parents and teachers explored the aspects of Australian history of which they may not have been overly aware, linking to this year’s Reconciliation Week theme. This year, the breakfast was organised by Yiramalay students, and their organisation of the event contributed greatly to the overall success of the morning. I hope that this event will become a regular part of the Wesley calendar, as its success continues to increase.

Reconciliation week breakfast

Reconciliation week breakfast
 
Throughout the week, there have been many activities involving students from the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools that emphasise the importance of reconciliation and understanding Indigenous Australia across the entire school. In the Senior School, the Wesmob assembly is another major event of the week, with both Yiramalay and Induction students sharing their personal stories and connections to reconciliation, focussing on the three main words of this year’s theme, learn, share and grow. I feel extremely proud to be a part of the steps taken to achieve reconciliation.
 
Chloe, Wesmob Prefect


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