Primary School’s sea of hands up for Reconciliation Week

Margaret River Primary School students last week took part in creating a school-wide ‘sea of hands’, to mark Reconciliation Week and National Sorry Day.

The hands, decorated by students across all grades at the school, were laid on the front lawn in an exercise Deputy Principal Liz Angell said was an important part of learning.

“Our motto this year is ‘don’t keep history a mystery’, and it is really important that kids learn about early Australian history and have an understanding of what happened, not just from the perspective of the European history that some of us are more familiar with,” Ms Angell said.

The hands represent each of the students’ time and consideration to the issue of reconciliation and contain messages of hope, resilience and in some cases, a simple apology.

Reconciliation Week is an annual week of recognition and celebration of indigenous history and culture in Australia, aimed at achieving equality and growing relationships between indigenous and other Australians.