National Reconciliation Week: In This Together

Fremantle LDC would like to respectfully acknowledge the past and present Traditional Custodians of the land on which our school stands, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation. We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians to the education of all children and people in this country we all live in and share together – Australia.

Today marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27th May to 3rd June each year. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the Reconciliation journey – the 1967 Referendum, and the High Court decision in Mabo. This week is also preceded by National Sorry Day which was yesterday (Tuesday 26th May).

Reconciliation Week is a time for us to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to reconciliation in our workplace, schools and communities. Significantly, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bridge Walk for Reconciliation, when people came together to walk across the nation to show support for a more reconciled Australia.

This year’s theme, In This Together, reminds us whether we are in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all in this together.

Our school is committed to developing and using knowledge of Aboriginal Histories and experiences, cultures and language, and family relationships to positively impact student wellbeing and achievement; and to develop respect for and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their histories, cultures and languages. The recent video release Building on Strength in Uncertain Times, models the importance of relationships and connection, especially at this time, and highlights the resiliency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the oldest continuous cultures in human history.

While we’re unable to commemorate National Reconciliation Week together due to the impact of COVID-19, I encourage everyone to reflect on how you might bring cultural responsiveness into your everyday life.

This year’s Reconciliation Week theme, ‘In This Together’ motivates us all to work together across our community to support all students and families through their education journeys.

How can you get involved?

What does Reconciliation Week mean to you?:   Join our community in posting a message, photo or video on our Reconciliation Week Padlet board.  Click here to leave your message (www.padlet.com/fremantle_ldc/NRW).

Event News: Big Day Out – more photos!

On Monday 25th November, Beeliar Year 3 students combined with Willagee and Bull Creek Year 3 children to attend the Big Day Out. All of the Beeliar students arrived at school very excited and ready to go. After collecting our friends from Bull Creek and Caralee Schools, we were on our way to Fremantle.

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Our day started with eating morning tea and a play at the Esplanade Park in Fremantle.

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We then walked to Cicerello’s where we were met by Craig who was hosting our tour.  The students then participated in an Aqua Tour which included touching and learning about live sea creatures such as a starfish, sea cucumber and  lobster.  Most children were very brave and touched a Port Jackson Shark.

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After this, we walked across the road to Bather’s Beach where the children built sandcastles and decorated them with the treasures they had collected while they were beach-combing. Then it was back to Cicerellos for a delicious lunch of fish and chips before setting off to Melville Super Bowl.

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Miss Claessen and I were very impressed with the students’ ‘Stand Tall’ behaviour, bowling ability and the ease with which they were able to form friendships with children from the other sites. Finally, it was time to board the bus for the return journey back to our schools with everyone feeling that it had been a wonderful and exciting Big Day Out.

Caron Reid
Teacher