In 2019, we encourage students to be inspired by the theme Speaking and Listening from the Heart! Speaking and Listening from the Heart is about learning, sharing and growing together.
Listening to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is at the heart of reconciliation and Speaking and Listening from the Heart allows students and teachers to create art and writing works that are inspired and influenced by the voices, the stories, the culture and the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Speaking and Listening from the Heart is about connecting and sharing what is important to us as individuals, families, communities and as a country; this honest and authentic way of communicating helps us all to understand each other and enable positive transformation and change.
Students are encouraged to connect with their own voices/hearts to tell stories through art and writing that have meaning to them. Listening from the Heart is to pay respect for the guidance of the voices of others, family, Elders, teachers and communities. Listening from the heart asks us to hear, not just the words, but feel the feelings and see through the eyes of others.
Resources developed for this theme will include activities around the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and also focuses on both the National Reconciliation Week theme; Grounded in Truth. Walk Together with Courage and the NAIDOC theme; Voice, Treaty, Truth as well as celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
Aboriginal people are familiar with the power of story. Our culture is shaped around stories, our history transmitted through them. Stories spoken from the heart hold a transformational power, they are a way for one heart to speak to another. They are a means of sharing knowledge, experience and emotion. A story spoken from the heart can pierce you, become a part of you and change the way you see yourself and the world. Listening to a heart story is a way of showing respect, a silent acknowledgement of what the speaker has lived through and where they have come from. Stories can also transform the speaker. Sharing the past can ease old pains, soothe deep hurts and remind you of old joys, hopes and dreams.
Reconciliation and the theme