Every year, GRC Hurstville Boys Campus holds a special assembly to recognise National Reconciliation Week. Throughout the week, students learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and explore how everyone can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
We hope that bringing awareness to the rich histories, cultures and stories of our Aboriginal Australians helps contribute to an authentic approach to reconciliation and a more cohesive, informed society.
National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.
During this week, students at GRC Hurstville Boys Campus participate in a range of workshops guided by a team of Aboriginal Elders, dedicated to promoting Aboriginal culture. These workshops include:
Cultural awareness and local history talks
Artefacts presentation and demonstrations
Aboriginal games and boomerang throwing
Community (Aboriginal Mural)
The work is made up of various circular sections which have been painted in both dot and line forms. These circles in the artwork represent groupings of people and in an educational setting reflect the different classes and year groups. They are all overlapping giving the artwork depth and a 3D feel, and this symbolises everyone working together cohesively in a supportive learning environment. Finally, throughout the work a collection of large and small dots as well as thin and thick lines are used these also have significance with the thin and small dots representing the students and the large and thick line for the teachers and staff of the school.