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Queensland Reconciliation Award Winners

2/06/2015

​On the evening of Thursday 28th May, our wonderful advanced ukulele group performed at Parliament House for the Queensland Reconciliation Awards. The students performed with perfection for half an hour and included in their repertoire two of our original songs ‘BRING IT ON’ and ‘Narragunnawali’. 

 It was a wonderful evening with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk playing our new song Narragunnawali with us on a ukulele. She was swiftly taught the ‘C’ chord and mastered the chorus beautifully. This was a great thrill for the students.  ‘Narragunnawali’ is a Ngunnawal word which means ‘peace, alive, wellbeing and coming together’ so it was most apt that Premier Palaszczuk played with us. The evening involved mixing with prominent people including Bronco’s great Jharal Yow Yeh who took quite a shine to the ukulele performers. A highlight of the evening was the announcement by Premier Palaszczuk that Bray Park State School’s BRING IT ON program had won the 2015 Queensland Reconciliation Award in the Education category. This award came with a beautifully framed certificate and $5,500.00.
 


BRING IT ON is an acronym for Building Reconciliation for Indigenous and Non Indigenous Generations through Inclusivity, Truth and trust, Opportunities and New Pathways.
Our program has been running for 3 years and includes lunchtime activities for all students including art activities and ukulele groups. In addition, a homework club is run with the support of our Indigenous volunteers.  Our program has also included garden projects with the building of the Yarning Circle and our new garden near the turning circle at the rear of the school. We also organise assemblies and activities during Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC week.
 
As the facilitator of the program, I would like to extend my enormous gratitude and congratulations to Maree Whiting, Mary Roginson, Stephanie Harper, Malisa Harper, Averil Milne and Ally Gray for their tireless support. I would also like to extend my thanks to teachers and parents who have supported their children with the various performances.  Importantly, I would like to congratulate and thank the wonderful students involved in all aspects of the program. It is through their generosity of spirit, enthusiasm, dedication, and open hearts and minds that we can move closer toward reconciliation. Finally, I would like to thank our Principal Ms Mortlock, who believed in my vision when I requested ‘just a few ukuleles’. We have had large number of students involved in the program and continue to open it up to all students and teachers. I am sure if everyone played the ukulele we would have world peace!  
 
My sincere thanks
Jo Reid-Speirs
 
Photos courtesy of Chris Proud - Qld Government photographer