Following an active start to the year, the Indigenous Education program has maintained a strong profile in the School, with the Indigenous students continuing to participate in a range of cultural activities and embrace various leadership opportunities. The IE@P students addressed their peers at various School events and assemblies; they spoke about the importance of Reconciliation Week and other significant dates, accompanied by guests Ms Kira Bain, a teacher of the Kaurna language, and Uncle Eddie Peters, who shared Torres Strait Islander stories and dances.
In celebration of Reconciliation Week, the Indigenous students worked together to create over 400 bracelets featuring the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, to share with the Pembroke community. Our Indigenous Round continues to be a highlight of the year, with involvement by a number of the IE@P students. They also represented Pembroke admirably at public events, including the annual Reconciliation Week breakfast, which they attended with a large group of Pembroke students and staff.
The students had conversations with prominent South Australian leaders, including the Premier Steven Marshall and the Governor His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, AC. We took a trip to Palace Nova to view the powerful documentary about acclaimed Yolngu singer Gurrumul Yunupingu, and attended a special screening of Ranger to Ranger, a film that follows the journey of nine Indigenous rangers as they travel to Kenya to share knowledge, culture and music with a group of Maasai Community Rangers. The film included a Q&A session with one of the Maasai Rangers and the Director of the global ranger organisation The Thin Green Line Foundation.
It is exciting to be part of various cultural activities that are occurring throughout the School. We appreciated the invitation to watch the Year 1 plays based on Kaurna stories and using Kaurna language. We shared the Datiwuy Dreaming experience with the Year 3s and 6s, and enjoyed learning about photographer Wayne Quilliam’s work firsthand. The Indigenous meal in the Boarding House was a tasty success, held in celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (an initiative of the United Nations), with food provided by guest Daniel Motlop, co-owner of Something Wild.
In closing, I am excited to report that the Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi organisation has provided us with the Kaurna translation of Pembroke’s school motto: ‘Kumangka nangku taingiwilta tapalayinthi’ – ‘Out of unity comes strength’. This motto conveys the spirit of Indigenous Education at Pembroke.
Indigenous Student Coordinator