At today’s Fellowship our Year 6 leaders spoke of the significance of Reconciliation Week. While it officially begins next week, the information shared with us today will allow the children to ponder what they have heard and how they can respond on a personal level. This year’s theme is ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’, promoting understanding and acknowledgement. The Year 6 class researched particular events that shaped history and recognised individual Aboriginals who had contributed to society across many forums. I congratulate Blackwood for their sincere presentation of Reconciliation Week.
To further delve into local indigenous history, Melaleuca and Kurrajong visited the Keeping Place on Monday. The Koorie Educator talked to the classes about the traditional lifestyle of Indigenous people in Australia. The students were very engaged as they roamed the centre looking at, and asking questions, about the artefacts that were presented. Following the Keeping Place visit, they went to Picnic Point for a mindful walk to the top of the point. During the silent walk the students were invited to think about the prospect of a tribe coming upon the area and how they would have assessed it as a place to set up camp. From their knowledge, acquired about Aboriginal lifestyle and needs, the students looked at and named the aspects that made the site a suitable one for a settlement.
Blackwood and Grevillea discovered first-hand how stories can evolve from our own history, from the people we meet and our environment, when they met author Kirsty Murray at our town library. Kirsty explained how she gathers her characters, her settings and ideas from her experiences and detailed observations. Her titles look very inviting and I know Mrs Fiona Sutherland will be ordering multiple copies in response to student interest.
These same students visited the Bairnsdale Court House during the week, where they met Samuel’s dad, lawyer Mr Andrew Reynolds, who made himself available to answer their questions.
“When we arrived, the Court Registrar came to explain all the different things about the Court House; like the jury and what levels of courts there are. After that, we got to have a look in the cell, and the beds were like seats! We also went to the remote room where a witness can go so that they can see the judge and a section of the public gallery, but not the person who committed the act. We were able to sit in the judge’s seat. It was a great experience and we all loved it.” Elsie Pearce
The Prep to Year 2 children were out and about in the community today as they visited the Bairnsdale Library for a workshop around the book ‘Josephine Wants to Dance’. These types of opportunities are enriching for our students and we are grateful to the East Gippsland Shire for their initiative and organisation in bringing these to our community.
This week has seen a flurry of bids as we ran a silent auction for Tuckshop Tony’s famous (and secret) Choc Chip Cookie recipe. Tony agreed to sell his recipe to the highest bidder, with the money raised to be donated to Autism Awareness Australia. Thank you all who participated and congratulations to Adam and Hayley Dean who were the winning bidders. If anyone wishes to make a donation to add to the auction proceeds, please call into the office on or before Thursday 31 May.
Next week is likely to fly by! The students will all be out of the school on Wednesday, with the Prep to Year 4 students going to watch the junior school production of Aladdin and the Year 5 and 6 students competing in the District Winter Sports competition. It will be a short week for the students as we have a pupil free day on Friday to allow teachers time to continue working on their reports.
With the weather turning a little colder, it is timely to pick up a good book.