National Reconciliation Week 2022

National Reconciliation Week—27 May to 3 June—is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

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This year we are asking everyone to make change beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work, play and socialise.

At Xplor, we want to help support you and your centre learn, share and celebrate during National Reconciliation Week so we have collated some ideas on how to make this happen in different areas of our products below.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation. A school or early learning service can develop a RAP using the Narragunnawali platform to register and extend on existing initiatives or to begin a new journey. For more information on beginning or continuing this process, please see the Narragunnawali website.

We have made Layouts available across Playground Web to assist you with creating, sharing and updating your RAP. To learn more about creating and using Layouts, click here.

Key Steps for Developing a RAP

There a number of steps involved when beginning the process of creating a RAP. In order to make this project planning easier for you and your centre, we have developed a Layout in Tables called "RAP Development Checklist" to assist you and your team with tracking progress and accessing Narragunnawali resources for each step. 

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For more information on how to create and share you own resource in Tables, click here.

RAP Working Group Expression of Interest Letter 

A Working Group ensures the responsibility of implementing reconciliation initiatives does not sit with one person. Your Working Group must include your Principal/Director, and can include teaching and non-teaching staff, parents, students and community members.

To gather members of this group, we have made the expression of interest letter available on Playground Web as a Documentation Layout called "RAP EOI Letter", as well as a Comms Centre Template available to download here. 

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For more information on how to create and share you own resource in Documentation, click here and to learn how to create a Comms Post, follow the steps here.

RAP Actions

RAP Actions are the commitments included in the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). There are 40 RAP Actions, each of which relates to relationships, respect and opportunities, as they play out in the classroom, around the school or early learning service and with the community. There are 14 Actions that must be included in the RAP for it to be considered complete – they are marked as ‘required’. The required Actions are essential to enable a consistent minimum standard for RAP.

To assist with ideas for action for these 14 Required Actions, we have created a Layout in Tables called "RAP Required Actions" which details what these actions are and ideas in implement in your centre practice. We have also included a space to make notes as well as the Narragunnawali FIlm created for each action. 

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For more information on how to create and share you own resource in Tables, click here.

We have also created a Learning Framework called "Framework - Narragunnawali" which contains reconciliation actions specific to working with children and educators. You and your educators can use this framework to tag observations and learning documents against and report on in Learning Analysis

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For more information on how to create and switch on Learning Frameworks, click here. To learn more about Learning Analysis, click here

Days of National Significance

Part of the RAP's framework is to celebrate days of national significance. Marking dates of national significance is a great way to show pride in, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. 

Working with the whole learning community to celebrate or commemorate these dates with events and activities also helps build relationships, so we used Documentation to create a list of dates across the year for you to begin working on your own Centre Calendar. You can find this layout under Documentation called "RAP Days of National Significance".

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For more information on how to create and share you own resource in Documentation, click here.

Reconciliation Australia Resources

Reconciliation Australia has a range of resources available to download on their website including colouring pages, poster and social media images. You can find these resources here

Communication with Families

To communicate this event and how your centre will be celebrating, we recommend using Comms Centre in Office.

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Comms Centre in Office makes it easy to share information and communicate with families through your Office platform. This communication can be via:

  • Home App Post
  • Email
  • SMS
  • HUB device

For instructions on how to create and share a Comms Post, follow the steps outlined here.

We have collated some templates which you can use in Comms Centre, with a new template on each new page, which you can find and download here: National Reconciliation Week Comms Post Templates.docx

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Wall Displays

We used Canvas to create a Layout called "Reconciliation Wall" which you can use to create your own Reconciliation Wall as part of celebrating Reconciliation Week.

Using the words ‘Reconciliation means…’ as a start, create a display of students’ and/or colleagues’ words and/or drawings about reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community. To add do this, you could collaborate with a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist.

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For more information on how to create and share you own resource in Canvas, click here.

Digital Story Library

We have used Canvas to create a digital library of indigenous stories and saved this as a Layout called "Reconciliation Week Library". You can add in your own videos of stories read aloud by your educators or from the web.

You can use this to share with all families at your centre by tagging all children and publishing, or you can play this videos and read alouds in a group setting.

Screen_Shot_2022-05-11_at_1.54.04_pm.pngFor more information on how to create and share you own resource in Canvas, click here

 

8 Ways of Learning Framework

The 8 Ways framework is a NSW Department of Education initiative is an Aboriginal pedagogy framework and is expressed as eight interconnected pedagogies involving narrative-driven learning, visualised learning processes, hands-on/reflective techniques, use of symbols/metaphors, land-based learning, indirect/synergistic logic, modelled/scaffolded genre mastery, and connectedness to community.

These can change in different settings so we have created a Learning Framework called "8 Ways - Aboriginal Pedagogy" which you and your educators can use to tag observations and learning documents against and report on in Learning Analysis

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For more information on how to create and switch on Learning Frameworks, click here. To learn more about Learning Analysis, click here