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National Reconciliation Week 2023

It was a busy week across both campuses celebrating National Reconciliation Week. Students were keen to learn more about our shared histories, cultures and ways to explore how each of us can help achieve reconciliation in Australia.

Special assemblies welcomed various performers and guest speakers, including Wurundjeri Elder Murrundindi, Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri Women’s dance group, Bunurong woman Sonia Weston, Māori cultural performer Kaycee Merito, Yorta Yorta singer-songwriter Allara Briggs Pattison and Mutti Mutti Musician Kutcha Edwards.

Little Beacons joined in the action with sharing a special acknowledgment in Woi wurrung language for Junior, Middle and Senior School assemblies. They also helped raise money for Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency and Opening the Doors Foundation, selling badges, bookmarks and their very own lemon myrtle biscuits at a market stall on Monday.  

Beaconhills students also played girls football and netball and mixed basketball and volleyball at the annual Reconciliation Carnival at Worawa Aboriginal College. 

Brodie Bond – Head of Year 9 Pakenham Campus, said that students loved the feeling of inclusion, empowerment, and acceptance from being part of such an incredible event.

“I was a proud educator watching as our students danced, painted each other’s faces, sung and immersed themselves in this wonderful opportunity to represent not only the College, but themselves as the voice for their generation and the ones to follow”, she said.