This week is National Reconciliation Week and it is a time where all Australians have the opportunity to focus on learning about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. At The Glennie School, the Junior Years took part in several activities today and learned about indigenous culture and explored this year's theme: Grounded in truth, Walk together with courage.
Reconciliation Australia states that reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationships must be grounded in a foundation of truth.
This week, during Activities, the whole school, Prep to Year 12, came together to acknowledge our first Australians and explore further the diversity of our school community. The girls heard stories about others' backgrounds and considered how they could support, love and care for all of those in our school community. Hearing about the challenges some of their peers have faced has enhanced the girls' understanding of others and the differences and diversity within our school community.
Understanding our differences and learning the truth about our history is an important step for all of us to take and an important component in developing the values upon which we rely. Understanding enhances our compassion, ensures we develop respect, asks us to step up and display the courage to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves and requires us to employ integrity when difficult decisions are required so that we do what is right, not what is easy.
Learning about Australia's history, including the stories of our most recent immigrants is the only way we can come together as a nation and from there, work together for a better future for all.
Mrs Jo Matherson