National Reconciliation Week
Grounded in Truth – Walking Together with Courage
We were delighted to welcome special guests and visitors to Woodleigh School during National Reconciliation Week. At the Penbank Campus we welcomed Wugularr School teacher, Mitch Noy, and teacher assistants, Libby Turner and Lucas George, to our school. Their visit was a part of a teacher exchange with Wugularr School. In return, Lorraine Ford and Chris Dinnage travelled to Wugularr to mentor staff. A most successful time for teachers to model practice and brainstorm ideas, we also enjoyed the times when Libby and Lucas shared their culture with children through art, drama and storytelling.
From Stephen’s perspective (Wugularr School Principal) he would like to see this professional exchange occur more often. Stephen highly valued the expertise of our staff, especially learning about our processes for creating an active learning environment through inquiry and planning.
The Reconciliation Week Dinner was also a delightful evening. Held at Minimbah, it was a pleasure to share with families and friends the relationships that are deeply embedded through the school’s partnerships with Northern Territory communities, Wugularr, Laynhapuy, Ampilatwatja and locally, Willum Warrain.
Students and teachers expressed their commitment to Reconciliation, and we were all thrilled to hear Jonathan announce the implementation of the Woodleigh RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) and the establishment of the Woodleigh Indigenous Education Fund. It was very impressive to see everyone provide feedback and input to the RAP following Jonathan’s address. Guest speaker, AJ Williams-Chen, spoke of the importance of sharing stories. AJ shared his personal story – a challenging story common to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Embracing the National Reconciliation Week theme, AJ’s presentation was certainly ‘grounded in truth.’ For us as a school, we proudly ‘walk together with courage.’
Thank you to the many students and staff members who were involved in creating this very special event; and thank you for joining us.