The Reconciliation Action Plan program provides a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation. Through National Reconciliation Australia, organisations develop a business plan that documents what an organisation commits to do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia.
In launching the BGS Reconciliation Action Plan, Deputy Headmaster - Students David Carroll, reflected on Australia’s reconciliation journey, referring to two significant anniversaries.
This year marks 50 years since the Australian 1967 Referendum where Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for them. While it is 25 years since the Mabo decision recognised native title in Australian law.
“A Reconciliation Action Plan will enable our school to commit to implementing and measuring practical actions that build respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Mr Carroll said.
The assembly also provided an opportunity for Year 11 student Kade Wallace to tell his personal story, doing so in his native Aboriginal language, with the speech translated in English on the big screen.
Kade spoke passionately to his fellow students, delivering a moving speech.