BSPS Prepare for Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

In Gemstone Learning Teams, we have been learning to ‘have a yarn’. This week, we will share examples of respectful behaviour. Then, we will share the story of Vincent Lingiari and the Gurindji people. Paul Kelly wrote a song about these events called ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’. We will be singing part of this song at assembly. It is important to make a stand for what you believe in, like Vincent Lingiari did for his people.

Lyrics: From Little Things, Big Things Grow

Gather round people I’ll tell you a story
An eight year long story of power and pride
‘Bout British Lord Vestey and Vincent Lingiarri
They were opposite men on opposite sides

Vestey was fat with money and muscle
Beef was his business, broad was his door
Vincent was lean and spoke very little
He had no bank balance, hard dirt was his floor

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Gurindji were working for nothing but rations
Where once they had gathered the wealth of the land
Daily the oppression got tighter and tighter
Gurindji decided they must make a stand

They picked up their swags and started off walking
At Wattie Creek they sat themselves down
Now it don’t sound like much but it sure got tongues talking
Back at the homestead and then in the town

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Vestey man said I’ll double your wages
Seven quid a week you’ll have in your hand
Vincent said uhuh we’re not talking about wages
We’re sitting right here till we get our land

Vestey man roared and Vestey man thundered
You don’t stand the chance of a cinder in snow
Vince said if we fall others are rising

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Then Vincent Lingiarri boarded an aeroplane
Landed in Sydney, big city of lights
And daily he went round softly speaking his story
To all kinds of men from all walks of life

And Vincent sat down with big politicians
This affair they told him is a matter of state
Let us sort it out, your people are hungry
Vincent said no thanks, we know how to wait

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Then Vincent Lingiarri returned in an aeroplane
Back to his country once more to sit down
And he told his people let the stars keep on turning
We have friends in the south, in the cities and towns

Eight years went by, eight long years of waiting
Till one day a tall stranger appeared in the land
And he came with lawyers and he came with great ceremony
And through Vincent’s fingers poured a handful of sand

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

That was the story of Vincent Lingiarri
But this is the story of something much more
How power and privilege can not move a people
Who know where they stand and stand in the law

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Gems in the Park.

Our Harmony Day Celebrations this year took place at Bi Centennial Park on Homebush Bay.

It was a stunning venue and a beautiful day. Nearly the whole school joined in the celebration and there were lots of parents and their other kids there as well.

We had a great time exploring the built environments like the Tower and the play equipment, many of us especially enjoyed the boardwalk through the Mangroves.

The Sausage Sizzle with a drink was just right for lunch.

Going on an excursion in our Gemstone Teams was a different experience. Check out the photos . . . their are more on Facebook.


Gems in the park

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Autumn Leaves At Bicentennial ParkStudents enjoying the challenge!

Students, parents and staff from Belmore South Public School recently enjoyed a visit to Bicentennial Park at Homebush for a day packed full of activities to celebrate Harmony Day.
Students attended Harmony Day in groups named after gemstones. All students are a part of a ‘Gemstone Learning Team’: named after gemstones and reflecting positive qualities, such as communication (the ‘Sapphire’ team) and optimism (the ‘Citrine’ team).
The teams are just one way students at Belmore South Public School learn about harmony and develop skills in getting along with others.
In their teams, students joined in a variety of activities such as soccer, cricket, basketball, rope climbing, mangrove sketching, creating leaf rubbings and eating sausages cooked at the sausage sizzle.
The school community enjoyed the great weather on the day and the opportunity to be together to celebrate Harmony Day 2012.