Harmony Day set to ’close the gap’
TO CELEBRATE Harmony Day and Closing the Gap Day, Mossman State High School is inviting all members of the Kuku Yalanji people to attend the unveiling of an acknowledgment plaque tomorrow.
Harmony Day shares the message “everybody belongs” and is a day to celebrate cultural diversity and the United Nations’ International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination.
On the same day is Closing the Gap Day, which community education counsellor Keith Pitt explained is another step in the right direction.
“We are committed to Closing the Gap between our indigenous and non-indigenous students and are always looking for new strategies that will assist us to help our students,” he said.
The unveiling of the sign will coincide with the official opening of the acknowledgment garden, which was planned by three students as a result of attending the Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow conference in Cairns.
“The three students who participated last year decided to do a permanent acknowledgement to the traditional owners of the land, the Kuku Yalanji people,” Mr Pitt said.
“The students made a garden among the new pathways behind the library, in which they have placed a large boulder surrounded by mondo grass and shadowed by a cycad.
“We are currently in the process of placing a brass plaque on the boulder that acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which Mossman State High school is located.”
As part of an action plan by the students, a new sign was erected at the front of the school, including Kuku Yalanji translation Kubirri Bubu Kuku Binalmal - Mossman place of learning.
Tomorrow’s celebrations will include a welcome lunch at 11am with the invited guests, traditional owners, staff and senior leaders before the new sign will be officially recognised and the acknowledgment garden unveiled.