Plunkett St Public School

Our artwork represents two little girls who are friends and is depicted in a Picasso style abstract face showing the closeness of our school community and the friendships of our students no matter what culture they come from. The artwork also has words written on it which the students chose after yarning about what words represent reconciliation.  The First Nations students added their totems to the artwork as they felt this represented them and their family. The concentric circles at the bottom was also contributed by the First Nations students and represents community. The use of the surfboard (entertainment which the students sometimes do together) for the artwork and the colours blue and yellow (the beach and ocean) is a representation of Gadigal Country where the students all reside.  The round pictures attached to the artwork are the symbols of change for First Nations peoples which the students have recognised during our discussions around the idea of Reconciliation.

Reconciliation Means…

The story we dream for reconciliation is based around mutual respect and friendship. Our school is based in the inter-city of Sydney on Gadigal Country which is part of the Eora Nation.  We are a small school with one hundred students enrolled. There are thirty-five different nationalities within our school, of these nationalities we have twenty First Nations students (both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) who are all living off their home Country.  The children live in close proximity of each other so their lives are very much inter-twinned twenty-four seven.  Therefore, cultural respect and friendships play a big part in their way of life. The school staff are committed to ensuring that the students in the school know that the land our school is built on is Gadigal Country and that the Gadigal people are the custodians. We have a school Acknowledgement of Country that is shared with the school and community on special occasions. Within our classrooms each class has written an Acknowledgement of Country which is personal to them and is read each morning before the daily lessons begin.  We spoke about what reconciliation means to us and what we might be able to do to make our school a place where everyone is treated equally. Our idea of friendship, respect and fairness we thought would be a way we could strengthen our connections and relationship within our school and community.

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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.