CULTURAL OFFERING: Cabbage Tree Island Public School students Thomas Bolt-Anderson and Desmond Ferguson with Cedric Anderson, Malaki Ferguson, Cyril Bolt and Reshawn Anderson perform a traditional dance routine as part of National Reconciliation Week.
CULTURAL OFFERING: Cabbage Tree Island Public School students Thomas Bolt-Anderson and Desmond Ferguson with Cedric Anderson, Malaki Ferguson, Cyril Bolt and Reshawn Anderson perform a traditional dance routine as part of National Reconciliation Week. Marc Stapelberg

Kids learn importance of family in Reconciliation Week

CABBAGE Tree Island Public School students have spent this week reflecting on Australia's past and working towards understanding some of the most fundamental issues known to humankind as part of National Reconciliation Week.

Principal Dyonne Anderson said it was important for students to understand their history - a shared history with all Australians.

"They need to learn about the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families and reflect on the impact of that on their lives," she said. "It has helped them to realise just how important family is."

Student Cyril Bolt said: "If I was taken away I would make my way home and would give my mum a big hug."

Cabbage Tree Island Public School students Thomas Bolt-Anderson and Desmond Ferguson with Cedric Anderson, Malaki Ferguson, Cyril Bolt and Reshawn Anderson perform their traditional dance routine as part of their studies and reflection on Reconcilliation Week. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Cabbage Tree Island Public School students Thomas Bolt-Anderson and Desmond Ferguson with Cedric Anderson, Malaki Ferguson, Cyril Bolt and Reshawn Anderson perform their traditional dance routine as part of their studies and reflection on Reconcilliation Week. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between May 27 and June 3.

The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Year 6 student Malaki Ferguson said: "I was five at the time I heard Kevin Rudd say 'sorry'. It still haunts families knowing that their great- great-grandfathers and grandmothers were taken and never returned home."

Ms Anderson said that NAIDOC Week would see reflection turn to pride and celebration as communities across Australia stood tall.

"We have invited nine other smaller schools to participate in a traditional games day," she said.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.



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