I recently told you of the great work South Fremantle Senior High School are doing regarding sustainability, today I was at another school that is demonstrating true leadership. I deputised for Mayor Brad at La Casa delle Feste for the launch of Beehive Montessori School’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The school knew they wanted to take a positive step to reconciliation and sought advice from the Federal Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA). They found out how to develop a RAP and went out and did it.
Today’s event was the culmination of a journey the school can be very proud of. It started out with a smoking ceremony by Associate Professor Simon Forrest which was accompanied by Andrew Beck on didgeridoo. The children thought this was a great idea and enjoyed it immensely. Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris gave a thoughtful talk on understanding, tolerance and reconciliation. We were also treated to some modern indigenous dance by Iona Presentation College Indigenous boarding students. Indigenous arts in WA will be in good hands when these students graduate.
The children loved the songs and dance from the Bartlett Brothers with some of them joining in the Kangaroo and Emu dance. The final was a performance of We are Australian by the school students, the first verse in english and the second in Nyoongar.
It’s very clear to me that the students at Beehive are not your average set of young people. They showed confidence with respect and throughout the afternoon they were obviously looking out for each other. Congratulations to Principle Rhonda Sheehan and her staff for their work with their children and their commitment to reconciliation.