Reconciliation at Norwood PS
Our Journey of Healing for Reconciliation began in 2001 with the ‘Being Born Different Has Its Moments’ program. The school leadership at that time worked with local historians and Reverend Sidney Graham in acknowledgement and recognition of the experiences of aboriginal students who attended Norwood Primary School after being taken from their families and placed in the care of the Aborigines Protection Board.
In 1954, aged seven years, Sidney Graham of the Kaurna people was removed from his family and sent to the Salvation Army Boys’ Home at Kent Town on Fullarton Road. Each day, the boys would walk between the Home and our school, including every lunchtime. This was a lot of walking for Sidney, who had to wear callipers on one leg.
The Aboriginal boys were placed in the ‘opportunity’ class, which was established for children with learning difficulties. Sidney looked after the younger boys and did his best to make sure that they were safe and happy.
In 2001, there was an unveiling of a plaque that acknowledged ‘the enduring qualities of determination of the boys from Kent Town Boys Home’. The boys were formally recognised for the friendship and understanding shown during their time at our school from 1929 to 1970.
Since 2001, there have been other symbolic acknowledgements of Reconciliation. The Narangga Totems at the front of our school were designed by Cath Lambert. The wrought iron panel features totems of the Narangga People of Point Pearce, Yorke Peninsula. Reverend Sidney Graham was taken to the Point Pearce Mission when he was first removed from his family at the age of three. The panel was unveiled as part of a special ceremony in 2007.
In 2015, our Reconciliation Garden was planted and a plaque acknowledging Sidney Graham was laid.
Together, we look forward to a future that acknowledges, values and respects everyone