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On the last day of Term 2, our Shepparton campus came together to hold a cultural day. This campus sits on Yorta Yorta Country and is surrounded by beautiful bushland and waterways, providing students with an environment that fosters learning and healing.

This year, the focus was on being In this together, highlighting that all Australians have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation. The day provided students with the opportunity to come together to consider the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reflect on our journey as a nation towards reconciliation.

Our morning circle, held underneath the gum trees and around the fire, included the Acknowledgement of Country and a discussion with students about the meaning of reconciliation.

After this, the school held viewings of the documentary Zach’s Ceremony - a coming of age film about a young Waanyi, Garawa and Gangalidda boy caught between 2 worlds - and the film, The Sapphires.

During the day, students participated in the creation of a bush tucker garden, learning about a variety of local plants and shrubs and their uses. Students also collected gum leaves from the surrounding areas before printing them onto fabric, signifying a connection to this place.

To finish the day, students learnt how to make damper - and of course eat it! We were very fortunate to have Aunty Pam and Kalun Atkinson attend, both of whom participated in the activities, offering their Aboriginal perspectives and stories to the students throughout the day.

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