By STEFANIA CEFOLA
STUDENTS from the Gagebrook, Herdsmans Cove, East Derwent, Middle and Senior school campuses of the Jordan River Learning Federation, together with The Smith Family and friends and families within the community, joined to celebrate the recent Reconciliation Week. The reflective week marked the launch of The Smith Family’s Reconciliation Action Plan held at the Brighton Civic Centre in Bridgewater.
Gagebrook Primary School students, Susannah and Natalia, performed the Welcome to Country, and several primary and middle school students, including members of the Young Persons in Action Group carried out the flag raising ceremony. A crowd of more than 50 students delighted in sampling the different cultural cuisine and having their faces painted.
The official launch of the Reconciliation Action commemorated The Smith Family’s public commitment to the reconciliation process. Central to the event was the vision of an Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can fully benefit from the education and learning opportunities that the nation has to offer. The initiative seeks to acknowledge Indigenous children as the first peoples of Australia, through a deep respect and understanding by the broader community.
Special guests that attended the event included a number of Aboriginal elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children from the Jordan River Learning Federation.
The wonderful atmosphere of fun and friendship, combined with the learning leading up to the event, made the day a special and memorable one for all attendees.
A sincere thank you to Mr Caulfield for assisting with the food preparation and cooking of the barbecue on the day.
The event was generously supported by the Brighton Council, The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) and the State Government.