The Reconciliation Action Plan working group have completed an update of Pulteney Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our working group included Deputy Principal, Greg Atterton, teaching staff Briony Franklin, Daniel Crane, Kirsty Raymond and Jayme Wearn and Kaurna Elder, Jack Buckskin. Students from across each sub-schools contributed to all aspects of our RAP, including Senior students Stella Healey, Anastasia Patsouris, Callum Menadue, Matt Slattery and Coby Howell, who are leaders in this area at Pulteney.

Our vision begins by stating a Kaurna Acknowledgement at School assemblies, Chapel and Pulteney Celebrates in Kaurna language, which respects Kaurna culture.

Reconciliation to Pulteney means educating all members of our community about the heritage and current realities of our shared history. It is also about commitment to the rights of children. Through encouraging leadership, excellence, respect, courage, honesty, openness, collaboration, diversity, justice and social inclusion it can be ensured that the Pulteney community is committed to sustaining and being accountable for long-term reconciliation outcomes.

Through our Reconciliation Action Plan, Pulteney challenges its community to ask critical questions. These questions are pivotal to our commitment to Reconciliation and are grounded in ethical practice, the rights of children and our endeavour to be active global citizens. We are dedicated to making a concerted effort to eliminate all forms of racism in our community and promote shared respect and cultural understanding. This is possible through sustained engagement with staff, students and community members.

The working group meet regularly to create, plan and share ideas for events at Pulteney over the next 2 years, to which our RAP will once again be revised.

We will soon begin plans to celebrate National Reconciliation Week, which begins on 27 May to 3 June 2018. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Adelaide Festival and Fringe:  Aboriginal Performances 

There are a number of Aboriginal performances in the Adelaide Festival and the Fringe including the very popular Djuka Mala, Bennelong by the Bangarra Dance Theatre and a range of other artists and performers. Supporting Aboriginal artists promotes Aboriginal culture and helps us all learn more about their perspectives.

I can highly recommend Djuka Marla dance group as I have seen them perform. They are fabulous dancers with a twist of cultures and is suitable for all ages. They are lots of fun!

Briony Franklin

Year 3 Teacher