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School displays commitment to reconciliation

Pupils at Holy Rosary Primary School have displayed indigenous-inspired totems to mark National Reconciliation Week.

BARBARA SUNGAILA June 3, 2014 11:00pm

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National Reconciliation Week saw Holy Rosary Primary School’s indigenous totems on display.

They were the brainchild of former principal Dr Kevin Messer and signified recognition of the school’s own commitment to reconciliation and the path towards acknowledgement and healing between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.


Teacher Tania Malavisi said the totems were made and decorated using traditional indigenous colours and iconography by grades five and six students in 2012.

‘‘These totems have, since their creation in 2012, been put on public display during National Reconciliation Week as a sign of active reflection relative to unjust treatment of our indigenous brothers and sisters over the course of history,’’ Mrs Malavisi said.

‘‘It is but a small contribution towards healing, however our school, and indeed our children, are very proud to proactively demonstrate their support of reconciliation between our two peoples.’’

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