Reconciliation Week 2020

Reconciliation Week 2020 started on 27 May at Fennell Bay Public School. For Sorry Day on the previous day, Aunty Niss spoke about Reconciliation Week in her speech.

Aunty Niss suggested registering for the beginning of Reconciliation Week to view the Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony hosted online by Flinders University. It showed many different Smoking Ceremonies across the country. Many classes watched and learnt about Aboriginal cultures and why Smoking Ceremonies are an important part of learning history and culture. The students were very engaged and lots of questions were asked to Aunty Niss.

Next, all students decorated cardboard hands to contribute to the Sea of Hands group, which supports Reconciliation initiatives. We took photos of students painting their hands, class groups of hands and even some videos to share. Our students really enjoyed this activity.

Please view the videos of our students and their hand paintings, and a drone view of our display. We are very proud of our students.

Thank you to Amos Simon and Jessica Dowell from Lake Macquarie Council for filming with their drone.

Rachael Valentine (Aboriginal Team Co-Ordinator)
Aunty Niss (Aboriginal Education Officer)

Story contributed by Annissa Harwood from Fennell Bay Public School. Published in 2020.