Giralang Primary School, ACT

Trusting each other as we move forward in this journey to reconciliation. Our year 5 and 6 collaboration artwork draws inspiration from Indigenous astronomy. As Giralang is named after a word in the language of the Wiradjuri people, meaning ‘star’, we thought it would be fitting to incorporate this into
our design. The stars hold great importance to Indigenous Australians and is considered one of the principle branches of education. As Giralangers, we work, live and play in Giralang and we look to the stars for hope, reflection, knowledge and to see a future for a reconciled Australia.

We have included the stars, the night sky and the landscape
of Giralang, including the rolling hills, primary school and
Telstra tower. We have paper people cut-outs who represent all Australians and written inside each person is a word or words, which express the voices of Australians. The words from our students reflect their hopes for our future – words they believe to be powerful in the journey to reconciliation. It is important for all Australians to contribute to our reconciliation journey, supporting a just, equitable and unified future for our nation. Together we will inspire and strive to wear the Giralang star with pride to lead our community to continue to take meaningful steps to reconciliation.

Reconciliation means… That we can all be recognised as a person, reflecting on the past and having empathy, coming together as a nation by trusting each other as we move forward in this journey to reconciliation.

Giralang – Our Voices, Our Future 

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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.