National Reconciliation Week 2018

By Sarah Hegarty,

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Dear Parents

National Reconciliation Week is Sunday 27 May – Sunday 3 June.

National Reconciliation Week incorporates dates which commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The start of National Reconciliation Week is marked with the Blackwood Reconciliation Walk on Sunday 27 May. This special event will include stories, songs and ceremonies which honour the survivors of the Stolen Generations and celebrate reconciliation. All St John’s Grammar School students and their families are invited to attend – meet at Blackwood Uniting Church at 11.30am for a short service, followed by the walk to Colebrook Reconciliation Park, Eden Hills. If you wish to instead meet at Colebrook, the ceremony there starts at 12noon.

On Monday 28 May, St John’s Grammar And Emmaus Christian College will once again be hosting a student focused ‘Journey of Healing’ Reconciliation Event at Colebrook Reconciliation Park, Eden Hills. A number of students from St John’s Grammar and Emmaus Christian College will be attending and student representatives from local schools have also been invited. Parents are welcome to join us ~ please arrive at 12noon for a 12.15pm start.

Our Assembly this week will also have a Reconciliation focus with talks from our Reconciliation Ambassadors and Guest Speaker Allen Edwards, Chair of Blackwood Reconciliation Group, and his mother Avis Gale.

We hope you can join us for one or more of these events or are able to commemorate this significant week in your own way.