Two Echuca East Primary School students have designed a flag for Reconciliation Week.By Trent Horneman
Two Echuca East Primary School students have created a flag which could become a national symbol for Reconciliation Day.
Today, while children mark Reconciliation Day with a football and netball day at Victoria Park, a flag with the Southern Cross, Union Jack and Torres Strait Islander emblem with the black yellow and red colours of the Aboriginal flag will fly proudly.
The flag is the design of grade 6 student Hannah Ayers and grade 5 student Georgia O’Callaghan.
Department of Education Koori engagement support officer Paul Clarke said the flag reflected the ideals of Reconciliation Day.
‘‘We decided to run a competition with the 10 schools who take part. We received more than 400 entries, which elder Melva Johnson and others helped to select,’’ he said.
‘‘The combination of the Australian flag with the colours of the Aboriginal flag with the Torres Strait emblem really sums up what the day is all about.
‘‘There is no national flag for Reconciliation Week. We would love for this to become a national symbol.’’
During today’s festivities at Victoria Park, organisers will present 26 flags, to schools and organisations involved in the event.
‘‘Hopefully these organisations and schools will fly the flag for Reconciliation Week,’’ Mr Clarke said.
Mr Clarke said Campaspe Cohuna Local Employment Network, Department of Human Services, Department of Education and the Department of Premier and Cabinet Office of Aboriginal Affairs assisted the making of the new flag.
Today, 760 grade 5 and 6 students from Echuca, Moama and Kyabram will converge on Victoria Park for football and netball clinics for Reconciliation Day.
‘‘We are also really delighted to have some current and former AFL players assisting on the day, including Lindsay Thomas, Shaun Atley, Taylor Hine, Chris Johnson and Xavier Clarke,’’ Mr Clarke said.
‘‘Their participation, along with that of Cassandra Hadson and Amy Steel from the Melbourne Vixens, really adds to the experience for the children.
‘‘Students not involved in playing in the main football and netball games will rotate through a series of workshops including a reptile show, indigenous cultural experience and a local ventriloquist.’’
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