Principal

 

Across the country Anglican schools are celebrating Reconciliation Week as part of each school’s Reconciliation Action Plan, which outlines their commitment to support all indigenous people in promoting the message #NRW2020 – #InThisTogether2020.  We pay our respect to all indigenous people in this important week and particularly those from the Awabakal and Worimi people, the traditional custodians of the land and waters of Newcastle.

Importantly, we want all Bishop Tyrrell students to understand the meaning of the “The Uluru Statement from the Heart” which represents a collective voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across our nation.  The Statement has evolved after generations of indigenous people have campaigned and lobbied for formal recognition as First Nations people.  If it hasn’t crossed your path you can find this statement, issued following the First Nations National Constitutional Convention held at Uluru in 2017, on www.ulurustatement.org.  This week we have planned activities to awaken our students interest in this important topic for all Australians and especially for this younger generation, who will soon witness a strong focus on the drive for a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution.

You will find more information about the work of Reconciliation Australia, an organisation which facilitates and promotes respect and positive relations between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their catchy 2020 #InThisTogether2020 theme on www.reconciliation.org.au.

“The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey toward a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.  Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts, and on embracing of stories of indigenous success and contribution”.

Progress for indigenous people in our area and across the nation, starts with our students having the knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a commitment to seeking justice and equity for all people.

Reconciliation Week gives Australians the opportunity to affirm the sentiments of “Sorry Day” for the wrongs that were done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the past, and focuses our attention on the huge task for the Australian people to bring about proper reconciliation, through the plan presented in the Uluru Statement, 2017.

Suzanne Bain
Principal