Helping hand for reconciliation

26 May 2015
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Year 12 students Matthew D and Bridget M   help create the 'sea of hands'

Year 12 students Matthew D and Bridget M help create the ‘sea of hands’

Beaconhills College students marked National Sorry Day (Tuesday 26 May) and Reconciliation Week with a ‘sea of hands’ and Reconciliation Assembly at the College’s Pakenham Campus.

Senior students placed 500 red, yellow and black hands on the school grounds as a symbol of reconciliation.

Assembly organiser and teacher Lynette George, a Wiradjri woman, told students that the ‘Sea of Hands’ symbolised Indigenous rights to land, the ongoing process of reconciliation and the desire for greater mutual understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

“Today we will be doing something special and creating a statement that we, as a Senior School of Beaconhills College, recognise the ongoing need for reconciliation,” Ms George said.

The assembly included guest speaker Mandy Nicholson from the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages who talked about her work to keep Indigenous languages alive.

Shawn Andrews, who is managing director of Indigicate, also spoke passionately about the importance of reconciliation now and for the future. Indigicate is an education provider that specialises in cultural education from an Indigenous Australian perspective.

Other highlights were student musical performances, including children from Little Beacons Learning Centre using their own versions of clapsticks.

This year’s Reconciliation theme is ‘It’s time to change it up’.


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