Reconciliation Week 2023 – Bogangar Public School

National Reconciliation week at Bogangar Public School began with a smoking ceremony and welcome to country performed by community Elder, Uncle Franc Krasna.

The students received a beautiful welcome in the Bundjalung language.

We then commenced assembly, hosted by the Year 5 and 6 Yuli students, where we learnt about the significance of a smoking ceremony and why reconciliation is so important for our nation moving forward.

Uncle Franc even shared the local story of how the birds got their colours.

Throughout this special week, students engaged in a range of lessons and activities, learning that ‘reconciliation’ is about restoring friendly relations and it’s the action of making one view or belief compatible with another.

Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous people.

As part the celebrations, many families in our community enjoyed the Kinship Festival in Murwillumbah along with ‘The Walk on Country’ event, held in Kingscliff.

Our students are definitely embracing the reconciliation theme “Be a Voice for Generations” and learning that, from little things, big things can grow.

The future is looking bright at Bogangar Public School.

Story submitted by Nicole Dempsey from Bogangar Public School. Published in 2023.