National Reconciliation Week
As the sun shone in the early morning of Thursday 27 May, all students and staff of Ascham gathered together around the magnolia tree to launch our celebrations for National Reconciliation Week. This is a time of year when we mark out a whole week to show our commitment to reconciliation and demonstrate our deep respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and languages.
Our Year 12 students Monique Taylor and Lyneisha Warrior led the ceremony this morning with a heartfelt speech they had written that included moving personal stories of their great and great-great grandmothers who were part of the Stolen Generation.
We welcomed special guests on campus while all students gathered to listen to over 300 of our girls in a combined orchestra and choirs playing and singing an orchestral piece Morning Star and Evening Star by by Candace Kruger, a Kombumerri–Ngugi yarrabilgingun (songwoman) and Indigenous ethnomusicologist from south-east Queensland, with co-writers Lann Levinge and Isobella Kruger.
Our celebrations and events will continue over the coming week right through until Thursday 3 June when we will come together on the School oval where all staff and students will perform a special dance taught to us by Nicola Sabatino from Bangarra Dance Theatre. Our girls are also wearing ribbons in their hair in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colours this week, bought with donations as we continue to fundraise for Gunbalanya School in Arnhem Land and their literacy program.
To coincide with the Indigenous Round of sports around the country, all our Junior and Senior students playing sport this weekend will be proudly wearing the shirt featuring artwork by our 2019 Old Girls Destiny Peris and Shakirah Stevens, for either warm-ups and/or matches.
Watch Ascham’s Acknowledgment of Country video here. Happy National Reconciliation Week!