School lauded for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion work

Southern Telegraph - - News - Pierra Wil­lix

Gil­more Col­lege has been recog­nised for its work pro­mot­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in its school com­mu­nity, re­cently pick­ing up sev­eral awards in Statewide com­pe­ti­tions.

Af­ter pro­duc­ing a book on the Noon­gar story of Mulka ear­lier this year, the school was recog­nised for its ef­forts on the pro­ject, be­ing named as the joint win­ner of the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries’ PALS (Part­ner­ship, Ac­cep­tance, Learn­ing, Shar­ing) pro­gram’s Abo­rig­i­nal Lan­guage and His­tory com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gory two weeks ago.

The pro­gram en­cour­ages young peo­ple to learn more about Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and to be ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion jour­ney.

Also recog­nised for his work in

this pro­ject as well as other rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ef­forts in the school com­mu­nity, Gil­more Col­lege teacher Dave Smith was re­cently named win­ner of the State School Teach­ers Union of WA’s In­au­gu­ral Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Ac­tion Award.

Mr Smith said he was hon­oured to have won the award and to “have con­fir­ma­tion (that his) role is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence”.

As part of the win, he was also nom­i­nated for the Fed­eral Aus­tralian Ed­u­ca­tion Union’s Arthur Hamil­ton Award.

Fol­low the Dream stu­dent Crys­tal Brooks was last week awarded a NAIDOC Medal of Ex­cel­lence for her sub­mis­sion into a creative and es­say writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion which was part of the NAIDOC Week School Ini­tia­tive Com­pe­ti­tion.

Prin­ci­pal Ro­han Smith said the school would con­tinue to work to pro­mote rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, with a range of other projects planned for the next school year.

Pic­ture: Pierra Wil­lix

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams presents Crys­tal Brooks with her NAIDOC Medal of Ex­cel­lence.

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