Throughout the year, while we celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recongised events including NAIDOC week, the students at Oxley Park all contributed to painting a tree round with an Aboriginal totem. We used soft pastel colours to represent our connection and focus on caring for our rivers and waterways, as well as native flora and fauna. During these experiences, all students were taught about Aboriginal culture and history, deepening their knowledge of language and traditions. The students then placed their painted rounds in the shape of a river, surrounding our river of rocks made during our 2021 NAIDOC celebrations. The river of rounds and rocks lead towards our sustainable,
solar powered pond that attracts local fauna to create a peaceful, connected place for students to connect to Country and culture.
At Oxley Park Public School, our vision for Reconciliation is established by our belief
that we are all on the same journey to reconciliation together. We aim to move
forward together by recognising the past and looking to the future. We respect and
honour the past and have the vision to close the learning gap for our Aboriginal
students. We believe in equal participation of all people in respect to connecting
to Darug land and learning about Dharug language. Our school values the
connection to Country and we aim to excel in making these connections through
our Koori and bush tucker gardens, Darug culture and traditions, and Dharug
language signs throughout our school. We appreciate and aim to create strong
bonds and relationships with Community, working together for a reconciled future.
Contributors: All students at Oxley Park Public Shcool