National Reconciliation Week launched in the Primary School

IGS honours Australia's First Nations people.

On Wednesday 25 May, the Primary school students were treated to a special assembly to launch National Reconciliation Week. The week begins on Friday 27 May and ends on Friday 3 June.

Friday 27 May marks the date of the 1967 Referendum when Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal people.

3 June is Mabo Day, marking the High Court decision to overturn terra nullius and recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connection to land.

In special assemblies this week, eight students from Year 5 explained the importance of National Reconciliation week to the Primary School. They launched a special poster competition and shared some of the special events taking place at IGS to mark the week including a special smoking ceremony on Wednesday 1 June at the front gates. 

During the assembly, three students who have been selected to participate in the Goodooga exchange spoke about the exciting adventure they are going to embark on in Week 7. This wonderful opportunity is an example of reciprocity – learning and sharing, exchanging for mutual benefit. 

We hope all of the primary students embraced the 2022 theme of “Be Brave. Make Change” and we look forward to many activities next week as well as seeing lots of great Reconciliation posters around the school. 

Year 5 students later created artworks. Once dry, students will make pledges for Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week.