The Knox School students from Junior, Middle and Senior School share their reflections from National Reconciliation Week (NRW), where they engaged in activities to deepen their understanding of our shared histories, cultures, and achievements and explored how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Aleisha (Year 9) Reconciliation means mending the relationship between indigenous Australians and non-indigenous Australians. I can reconcile by standing up to the inappropriate language used, being a positive influence on others and how they should act and post about it to spread awareness or bring it up in conversation to notify the importance of it

Emily ( Year 12)  Reconciliation means removing barriers that have formed in society and minimising the division in relationships between Non-Indigenous Australians, Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. Reconciliation means building relationships between all of those in our community, regardless of background and culture to come together as one.

Moving forwards, to reconcile, I will be teaching myself more about our countries history to promote to my peers that there is still change that needs to be made in the broader community. Within our community, I believe each individual is respected and welcomed, regardless of their culture as we thrive upon our differences.

Anneliese (Year 12) Reconciliation refers to commemorating and mourning those who were mistreated by years of oppression, and harmed by the immediate, and lasting impacts which it has had on the Indigenous communities.

I can reconcile by being an active voice in the conversation, actively furthering my understanding of the problems faced by Indigenous Australians and how I can work to counteract them.

Jujaar  (Year 5) Reconciliation week has helped this world a lot because if there wasn’t Reconciliation week this world would have been much worse. Reconciliation week is known to help bring happiness and peacefulness.

Linda (Year 9) Reconciliation to me means further connecting, broadening and strengthening our bond with the people who we need to acknowledge, as well as speaking up about our beliefs and shutting down discriminatory behaviour towards others. To take further steps in reconciliation, I can educate myself and the people around me, point out discriminatory behaviour and spread awareness about Reconciliation Week.