Words from the heart

Kellyville Public students have worked to create their own Acknowledgements of Country. During Reconciliation Week three students share their words.

31 May 2021
Three students standing looking at the camera
Image: Sharing knowledge: Avir, Abbey and Faith find great meaning in their personal Acknowledgements of Country.

Abbey

‘I am a proud Aboriginal person and a proud descendant of the Barkindji people of the Darling River basin in far west New South Wales.

Today I live and learn on Darug Country. I acknowledge all Aboriginal Elders - past, present and future who will always be the caretakers of this land.

I am and always will be connected to Mother Earth. At my school I am a proud custodian of Darug culture and I share my knowledge with all students and visitors.

As I sit in our Yarning Circle and share my stories I know I am Aboriginal in body, heart, soul and spirit.

I hear the native birds. I see the plants that have grown through our care of Country. I smell the eucalyptus. I taste the lomandra. I feel connected.

It is my, your and together our duty to always respect and care for Country. This will enable future generations to understand the importance of knowing, being and doing.’

Avir

'We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Darug nation. We respect elders past, present and future along with their beliefs and traditions. Here at Kellyville we learn about Aboriginal people and their traditions.

We promise to protect and nourish this wonderful landscape and respect and acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We acknowledge what this land has given us: from the mountains in the west, to the rivers and waterways, with its eucalypts, wattles and banksias that home and nourish kookaburras, kangaroos and wombats.

We will in return care for it the best we can. We will help everyone to learn about Indigenous Australians' history along with its flora and fauna. We respect the land that we walk, learn and play on. As this is, was and always will be Aboriginal land.'

Faith

"I acknowledge the first caretakers of Darug Country and I respect Aboriginal generations of the past, present and future.

At Kellyville Public School, we promise to care and respect the land we stand on, the waterways, the sky, the animals and the plants.

I remember the stories I have learnt about our oldest living culture and am ready to pass them on. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.'


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