Our Reconciliation Working Group was formed in 2020 and has been meeting regularly to ensure Rosalie Primary School is working hard to promote Reconciliation in our Community. Please read below for some of the things we have accomplished. We use to help formulate our  Reconciliation Action Plan.

Reconciliation Week 2023

The 2023 Reconciliation theme was, ‘Be a Voice for Generations’. Rosalie ran several very important events over the week. We would like to thank the P&C for their generous financial contributions.

Sorry Day Assembly – Room 13 – Friday 26 May

Our Sorry Day Assembly was led by Mrs Glass’ Room 13 class. They did an amazing job performing the book ‘Sorry Day’. This book was launched on National Sorry Day by Coral Vass and Dub Leffler, who created a powerful book, told through parallel stories set at different time periods but connected through event, emotion, impact, powerful word choice, use of colour and visual symbolism.

Smoking Ceremony and the Naming of our new Community Space – Freda, Michael and Narelle – Friday 26 May

After our assembly staff, community members and students were invited to a smoking ceremony at our new Community Space. We created a competition for the new name for this space, with the caveat that Noongar language was used. The suggestions from all were powerful and it wasn’t an easy task to pick a name. After the Reconciliation Working Group selected their top three, it went to a community vote. The winner, announced by Freda Ogilvie was ‘Ngalak’, the winning entrant explained why they chose that word:

Ngalak (together, we) : This Noongar word means ‘together’ or ‘we’. The word is especially relevant as students, parents, teachers and the broader Shenton Park community can gather in this community space. I learned this word from my brother’s basketball team whose club motto is #ngalak. Before each game and during every time out players put their hands in and chant ‘ngalak’, a reminder that they are only successful if they work together.

Damper Making – Freda, Michael and Narelle – Friday 26 May

After the smoking ceremony Freda, Michael and Narelle visited all the Year 3-6 classes to make damper and share stories. The students then got to enjoy the damper with butter and golden syrup.

Kitchen Table Conversation – ‘Yes, Together’ – P&C RAP – Tuesday May 30

The P&C RAP team hosted a kitchen table conversation on the evening of Tuesday May 30 for any interested community members. This wonderful initiative, created by the Victoria Women’s Trust is a kitchen table conversations movement in support of a YES vote in the 2023 referendum on an Indigenous Voice to parliament.  ‘Kitchen Table Conversations’ are a way to engage people in respectful and honest dialogue about a specific issue that builds knowledge, sharpens insight and creates real and lasting change.

Koora Waangkininy Boodjar – Staff  Workshop – Tuesday June 6

Our staff participated in an emotionally powerful workshop which involved ‘Long time ago talking on country (Aboriginal History) presented by Aboriginal Support Coordinators – Charmaine Climo and Renarta Coyne. ‘Koora’ was developed by Charmaine and made to suit Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people of Australia, particularly Western Australia to be emerged into an interactive learning experience that explores the history of our Aboriginal peoples.

Reconciliation Week 2021

The 2021 Reconciliation theme was, ‘More than a Word’ and we did our best to follow the theme by focusing on actions around our school. Rosalie ran several very important events over the week. We would like to thank the P&C for their generous financial contribution to both Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. Another big thanks is well deserved for Jaime Yallup Farrant and the Reconciliation Working Group for their hard work in helping bridge the gap between Rosalie Primary School and the Aboriginal community.

Acknowledgement of Country Training – Wednesday May 26

Staff, Reconciliation Working Group Members, School Board and the P&C Executive team were invited to attend and Acknowledgement of Country training session, run by Rhys Paddick from Acknowledge This! It was an engaging and enlightening workshop, with a focus on delivering authentic and heart felt acknowledgements, as opposed to routine readings from a script. Lots of teachers are excited to work with their class on creating their own Acknowledgements, which they may read during their assembly performances.

A Visit from Aunty Lynette Coomer – Friday May 28

We were very lucky to have Aunty Lynette Coomer spend the day at our school on Friday May 28. Lynnette Coomer lived in the Shenton Park camps in the 1950s with her parents, grandmother Melba Bodney, and siblings. She went to Jolimont Primary School when she was seven. Later she, and the next youngest children, were taken to Roelands Mission. Aunty said a few words at the assembly and spent the day visiting classrooms to share her story and knowledge. A highlight for her and our students, was a planting of native hibiscus plants (the official reconciliation flower) with Room 13. You can check out the plants in the garden beds in front of Rooms 5 & 6. Room 13 is now working on the wording for a plaque to place in front of the plants. Aunty Lynette also shared her story after school with staff and parents, it was a deeply moving experience for all those who attended. Her focus on promoting ‘Unity in the Community’ through her tireless volunteer work is inspiring.



Flag Raising Ceremony – Wednesday June 2

Our biggest event of the week, this one made The Post Newspaper. We celebrated the historic event of raising the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags for the first time over Rosalie Primary School. Dr Noel Nannup performed a Welcome to Country and, with the assistance of Jason Barrow and a student representative from each class, a Smoking Ceremony was performed. This included smoking the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. Christo Benjamin and Clara Morrison attended, representing the Torres Strait Islander Community. We had lots of special guests in attendance, including Margaret Culbong, a Noongar elder, Dr Katrina Stratton, member for Nedlands, Leone Cottam-Williams  from Reconciliation WA and Penny Taylor, the mayor of Subiaco. The ceremony was a positive and inclusive event that welcomed all. After the raising of the flags we held a bush tucker morning tea, including emu sausages, kangaroo fillets and lemon myrtle cake. The delicious morning tea was supplied by Maalinup Mia.

You can read transcripts from some of the speeches here:

  • Mick Wilson (School Board Chair) – speech transcript
  • Christopher Nener (Associate Principal & Reconciliation Working Group Co-Chair) – speech transcript
  • Laura Wilson and Lynleigh Glass (Classroom Teachers & Reconciliation Working Group Members) – speech transcript

Reconciliation Community Evening – Wednesday June 2

We hosted a Community Evening with Dr Noel Nannup, Jason Barrow and Lynette Coomer. This panel shared their stories and provided insight into what Reconciliation means to them. There was also ‘calls to action’ or things we can be doing to strengthen our relationships and moved forward together with Reconciliation. We had a great turn out, with over 65 community members in attendance.

NAIDOC Week 2021

For NAIDOC Week we had many incursions in the school to provide our students with the opportunities to learn more about the Country we live and learn on. Below are some of the things that have happened.

Years 4-6 – Greg Nannup from Indigenous WA

 On Monday 21 June Greg Nannup visited Rosalie Primary School and spent time sharing his detailed knowledge about the local area from a Noongar perspective. He spent time presenting artefacts which included, kangaroo skins, lighting sticks, stone axes and various bush seeds. Greg also talked about the history of the local tribal area. He shared a fascinating story about the fruits of the Zamia palm, which are toxic unless they are soaked in water for at least a week to leech out all of the toxins, which the Noongar people would do by placing them in the river in baskets. Apparently the first Europeans were not aware of this step and some became very ill as a result of eating the Zamia fruit straight away, thinking red must mean they are good to eat, like strawberries back home. As any Australian who has bumped into a red back spider knows, red certainly does not mean good on this side of the world.


Maali Mural – Noongar Artist Incursion with Julianne Wade

On Friday 11 June, children in Years 1 to 4 attended an artincursion with Noongar artist, Julianne Wade. Each classroom had a role in placing painted dots between thewhite painted journey lines. Julianne explained she hadmade white journey lines signifying the seasons, campsitesor gatherings and black spaces for the maali (black swans).She had also included the base and stalks of the balga(grass) tree. We enjoyed reflecting on the seasons and oftenswapped spots with a classmate so that we could paint indifferent areas. We would like to thank Ms Pannekoek for organising theincursion and an enormous thank you to Sinead Gjerde forhelping every class to create our painting. We are lookingforward to seeing the painting on display in a special place inour school.

An Interview with EL2 – Sharon Gregory Language and Songs

 What did you do yesterday with Mrs Gregory?

Laura: We talked about words. Then we sang some songs. Then she read a book and then we started our books out of paper and some of us got to finish and some of us didn’t. An emu, a yonga (kangaroo) and an echidna

Rei: The echidna was looking for his friends and his family

Laura: He went past three animals.

Which new Noongar words did you learn?

Margot: Kaya means hello

Jehuda: Wetch means emu

Which part did you enjoy the most?

Jehuda: When we sang the two songs. I don’t  know the titles. All the words were in Noongar and some of the words were in English.

Laura: Reading the Noongar book because it told us Noongar words for animals

Zac: My favourite animal was the kangaroo because it can bounce over everybody’s head.

Lucy: I remember when we did the hand movements for emu

Rei: I liked doing the kangaroo part

What was the hardest part?

Jehuda: The echidna name was hard (nyingarn)

Rewriting History…

As part of our reconciliation journey we have updated our history on our school website to include a Noongar perspective to the changes that have occurred since the tall ships landed. You can read about it here:

Embedded Language and Signage Around the School

Acknowledgement of Country

As part of our PALS grant we bought three beautiful plaques to display around the school. Two are Acknowledgements of Country, written with the help of students. The third plaque commemerates the planting of the Reconciliation Flowers with Aunty Lynette Coomer.

Year Levels

We have used Noongar language to link a native brid with each year level. Each link is explained with a short story descibing how that year level represents the bird.


School Fete Mural with Noongar Artist Julianne Wade

On Saturday November 20, 2021 Rosalie Primary School hosted our P&C School Fete. We invited Julianna Wade to run a collabroative mural paiting session with anyone who would like to contribute. It was a highly successful day and we appreciated Julianne’s time. She also left the school impressed with what we are doing at Rosalie.


Yulunga Games with Jason Barrow

In 2022, Rosalie Primary School was awarded a Partnership, Acceptance, Learning and Sharing (PALS) grant. Our submission focus was on inviting Jason Barrow (Noongar Cultural Guide – he performed our Smoking Ceremony at the Flag Raising Ceremony last year) out to teach staff and students a series of traditional indigenous games using the great resource – Yulunga.

On Wednesday August 3, Jason visited our school. He spent an hour with the 16 student faction leaders teaching them the context, history and rules of a small collection of the games. With his guidance, the student leaders then taught our staff the games during our staff meeting on the same day after school. This was a great opportunity to give our faction leaders a unique and memorable experience and help develop their leadership skills. They all did a wonderful job guiding staff through the history and rules of the games. A very competitive game of ‘Meetcha boma’ was the highlight for most staff!

You can play these games at home as well using the free to download Yulunga resource, which can be found here: