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National Reconciliation Week in our Primary Schools

St Peters Campus

To begin National Reconcilitaion Week 2023, the St Peters Campus dressed in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. All money raised from our casual day will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. During morning and afternoon breaks, our Year 3 and 4 students had a blast coordinating the colouring-in and getting creative. Colouring-in is such a simple yet impactful way to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of reconciliation in our country. We are proud to be part of the movement towards unity and respect for all cultures.

On Tuesday, the St Peters Campus Junior Primary classes used our beautiful St Peters Campus scrub to explore country. The students made Wodli (shelters in Kaurna), bark paintings, mandalas and explored other forms of art using a range of natural materials. The students were provided with Kaurna symbols and the English translation to add meaning to their creations. As a show of respect for country, many of the materials were returned to their original location after use.

Reconciliation Week was the perfect time to begin planting our Kaurna Garden alongside our watercourse. Mrs Jakube (Primary School Learning leader), Mrs Wood (parent volunteer) and the Eco Warriors have been working hard sourcing the perfect plants for our garden – including Pigface, Dianella, Hardenbergia, River Mint, Lemon Myrtle and Austromyrtus – all of which are edible!

Whilst groups of children planted, others gathered around our fire pit, made and cooked damper and even roasted marshmallows! Prior to our bonfire, the challenge was set for the students from Year 5/6 to design a gathering place to enable us to set up a fire pit for cooking damper. Gathering places are an integral part of Aboriginal culture. They are inclusive and they help to connect, support and empower people through social and cultural activities. The Year 5/6 students really enjoyed this responsibility and now the students of the St Peters Campus have a wonderful place where they can connect with each other.

Bronwyn Wilson
Principal - St Peters Campus

St John's Campus

Our St John’s Campus students and staff engaged in a range of activities to celebrate NRW, including daily devotions, Kaurna language learning, art and craft activities, reading of books by First Nations authors and conversations about the importance of reconciliation amongst all peoples in Australia. Our collective understanding of and commitment towards reconciliation continues to strengthen as we learn together about the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Nancy Wells
Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator