Three students from Minmi Public School have been lucky enough to feature in an online exhibition after they submitted artworks to a statewide challenge.
Year 5 student Lily Dollin and Year 6 students Lachlan Reed and Giselle Percy were three of 56 chosen for the Schools Reconciliation Challenge.
The initiative from Reconciliation NSW encourages students in Year 3 to 10 to submit artwork or pieces of writing inspired by this year’s theme, Caring for Country.
Their works reflect what reconciliation means to them.
Lily said her artwork, featuring the Aboriginal flag, related to reconciliation with the gumtree representing Aboriginal people and their spirits connected to the land.
“It relates to Caring for Country with the gumtree surviving through all that has happened,” Lily wrote in her entry.
Giselle described her work as being about how the land will always be Aboriginal land. Her piece also showed how Aboriginal people kept the land healthy and stable.
Minmi Public School Principal Alison Fittler said that all students in Years 3 to 6 entered the challenge this year.
“We thought it was an important opportunity to raise our students’ awareness of what reconciliation is, in addition to being able to express what reconciliation means to each of them personally,” Ms Fittler said.
This year the challenge welcomed more than 600 entries, with a final selection of 56 artworks and 12 written pieces showcased in the online exhibition.
The selected works are also being projected at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo until next Monday 16 November during NAIDOC Week and for the next two weekends at Museums Discovery Centre at Castle Hill.
Visit the Schools Reconciliation Challenge website for more information or to view the online exhibition.