Murgon State High School will come together to learn about and remember the Stolen Generations for NAIDOC this year.
Murgon State High School will come together to learn about and remember the Stolen Generations for NAIDOC this year. Robyne Cuerel

Murgon State High School to share Stolen Generation history

THE first parade of term three for Murgon State High School will focus on remembering the Stolen Generations for NAIDOC Day.

Students and teachers at Murgon State High School will come together to learn about and remember the Stolen Generations, and congratulate students who have won awards for their poems about the Stolen Generations.

"Murgon State High School is strongly committed to Indigenous education,” Principal Simon Cotton said.

"Our school values this opportunity to provide all students with increased knowledge of and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.”

The event, supported by a grant from The Healing Foundation, and featuring stories from local elder Aunty Ada Simpson, is one of the many NAIDOC Day celebrations around Queensland and Australia.

The idea to create poetry awards follows the release of a new Stolen Generations Resource Kit, which was developed by the Healing Foundation in consultation with Stolen Generations' members, teachers, parents and curriculum writers.

A Stolen Generations poetry lesson was then tailored for Murgon State High School students across all year levels by support teachers Eileen Renouf and Annabel Candy.

The parade at Murgon State High School will be held from 8.45am to 9.15am on July 17. Parents and caregivers of students who have won an award are invited to attend and join the elders, school leaders, teachers, and students for morning tea.

The Healing Foundation's Stolen Generations reference committee chair, Ian Hamm, said sharing the truth of Australian history is an important part of healing for the thousands of children who were forcibly removed from their families between 1910 and the 1970s.

"My hope is that the resources will assist schools to build and share knowledge about the Stolen Generations, as an important foundation for ongoing healing,” Mr Hamm said.

The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families.

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