A year of firsts
Key school events transitioned online in 2020.
Although a different year to the one planned – boys were not able to head to the remote communities of Pormpuraaw and Milikapiti and students from those communities could not visit BGS – there was still much happening in our indigenous program.
In 2020, we had the opportunity to take stock and build a strategy for the future, to connect to First Nations people and their culture in a deeper and more meaningful way and begin work on our formal Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
We were able to run a screening of the award winning film, In My Blood It Runs and hosted a webinar to discuss the film with our Indigenous Mentor Nathan Lovett-Murray and Sarai Roe, the Indigenous Mentor from Firbank Grammar. It was a great opportunity to hear from two First Nations people about how we can respond to the issues raised in the film.
NAIDOC Week webinar discussion of In My Blood it Runs with Nathan Lovett-Murray and Sarai Roe. Running time 30mins.
Boon Wurrung Traditional Owner, Steve Parker returned to BGS to open NAIDOC week in November with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, and we enjoyed seeing his face on screen for the online version during the opening of Reconciliation Week in May.