Jarara Reconciliation Week - don’t keep history a mystery!

13/6/2018
CEDP Risk of Significant Harm co-ordinator Laura Rowell contributing to the Sea of Hands installation
CEDP Risk of Significant Harm co-ordinator Laura Rowell contributing to the Sea of Hands installation

During National Reconciliation Week, Jarara Indigenous Education Unit opened its doors to share with others Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.

This year’s theme is “Don’t keep history a mystery. Learn. Share. Grow”.


The Jarara Indigenous Education Unit team (l-r) Well-being Counsellor Stacey Dellow, Aboriginal Education assistant Josh Sly, Jarara Specialist Teacher Michelle Kennedy, Diverse Learning Needs Manager Alma George , Jarara Specialist Teacher Julie Waddell, Head Student Services Mary Creenaune, Student Services Administration Assistant Sam Forbes, and Education Assistant Ashleigh Harwanek . ( Absent Aboriginal Education Assistant - Ann-Maree Bridge)
The Jarara Indigenous Education Unit team (l-r) Well-being Counsellor Stacey Dellow, Aboriginal Education assistant Josh Sly, Jarara Specialist Teacher Michelle Kennedy, Diverse Learning Needs Manager Alma George , Jarara Specialist Teacher Julie Waddell, Head Student Services Mary Creenaune, Student Services Administration Assistant Sam Forbes, and Education Assistant Ashleigh Harwanek . ( Absent Aboriginal Education Assistant - Ann-Maree Bridge)

Jarara Specialist Teacher Julie Waddell said their activities for the day included the making of a ‘Sea of Hands’ installation, the creation of a hand mosaic, screening of historical video clips and an artefacts display. Elder Aunty Marie Melito also visited to tell her story as a member of the the Stolen Generation.

The event was designed to highlight some of the lesser known aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, and create conversations about the things we don’t know of our shared history.


Aunty Marie Melito’s designed “Honouring the Stolen Generations” banner
Aunty Marie Melito’s designed “Honouring the Stolen Generations” banner

Aboriginal Education Assistant Josh Sly also spoke to the teachers, staff and Marist Zone Learning (MLZ) students about his personal story. Mr Sly, from Bathurst, said three generations of his family were part of the Stolen Generation so Reconciliation Week was close to his heart.

“I think it is of massive importance because it recognises and gives us time to reflect on the past injustices, but is also a time to learn to work together as one people and one nation,’’ he said.

Mr Sly also helped the MLZ students contribute to the Sea of Hands, and to the artwork. He also explained the significance of each of the artefacts on display and demonstrated the yirtakki (didgeridoo).


Jarara Aboriginal Education assistant Josh Sly with his Acknowledgement of Country plaque
Jarara Aboriginal Education assistant Josh Sly with his Acknowledgement of Country plaque


In the lead up to this year’s NAIDOC Week (8-15 July), Mr Sly created an Acknowledgement of Country plaque, which will be presented to Catholic Education Parramatta Diocese and reproduced so students can write on it their own acknowledgment of country.

Posted By CathEd Parra at 13/06/2018 8:54:30 AM
 
   
  
 

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