The next school tour for Lloyd Street will be on Friday the 27th of July at 9.15am. The tour will commence at the main office (enter via Lloyd Street) and will be hosted by the Principal or Assistant Principal. There is no need to book a place on this tour.
National Reconciliation Week - 27th of May to 3rd of June
Lloyd Street School students and staff have enjoyed a week delving into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The theme this year for NRW is “Don’t let History be a Mystery. Learn. Share Grow.” So all students engaged in learning something about our past and sharing that knowledge with others. As a nation, we have a shared history that can be explored from many perspectives. When we reflect on our past, we come to a better understanding of ourselves and develop a vision for how we want to be in the future.
What did we learn?
Level 1 learned about the local Indigenous moiety, Bunjil the Eagle. In the Dreamtime, Bunjil created all living things. He teaches us to care for the land, the waterways and the people. The students created storybooks and learned a beautiful song about Bunjil. Their wonderful performance at the whole school assembly on Friday was a highlight.
Level 2 explored Aboriginal culture through artefacts and Dreamtime stories. They continued the tradition of sharing stories and reflected upon the values of respect and harmony.
Level 3 learned about an ancient man that was found at Lake Mungo in NSW in 1974. Mungo Man was over 40,000 years old. This is the oldest skeleton ever found on earth and it re-wrote our history because it proved that Aboriginal people had been here for much longer than originally thought. Students explored the interests of different groups surrounding Mungo Man- The local Aboriginal people who were saddened that Mungo man had been removed from his resting place; the scientists who wanted to study him to learn about ancient ways of life and the universities who wanted to be able to put him on display.
Level 4 inquired into the significant events that mark Reconciliation Week. The anniversary of the 1967 Referendum on the 27th May marks the start of NRW each year. The 1967 referendum altered the Australian Constitution with Australian voters choosing ‘Yes’ to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census and give the Australian Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. On June 3rd 1992 the High Court decision recognized Native Title for the first time in Australia.
How else did we recognise NRW?
If you visited the school this past week you might have heard beautiful music from a variety of Indigenous artists playing before school and during breaks. During lunchtime breaks, many students gathered in the Art room to weave beautiful artworks. Indigenous symbols were woven on sticks and hessian along with some basket-weaving. During lunchtime every day, students came to the Library to hear stories, drink bush tea and have a chat in a “yarning circle”. They also learned how to finger knit colourful wrist bands to show support for Reconciliation.
Whole school assembly
Last Friday, students, staff and the wider community gathered in the gym to celebrate and share our learning. Special guest and CEO of the Boonwurrung Foundation, Gheran Steel, came to perform a Welcome to Country. He was very generous with his time, passing on language and talking to students about Bunjil Eagle, Waang the Crow, and the values that these moieties teach all visitors to this land. Gheran commented as he left that it the best school presentation he had ever seen.