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Aarya is made of the write stuff

Poetry in motion: Aarya Phansalkar was presented with her NSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge award by Aboriginal Affairs minister Leslie Williams last week.
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Learning about the Stolen Generation had a profound effect onAarya Phansalkar.

The Granville youngsterput herself in their shoes whenshe wrotea poem about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being removed from their families.

The Stolenwas a standout winner in theNSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge primary writing category.

Entrants had the option to create an artworkor storyinspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, peoples and history for theNSW ReconciliationCouncilcompetition.Thisyear’scompetition attractedmore than 700 entries from 74 schools across NSW.

“I attempted to imagine myself in the shoes of an Aboriginal person watching her people being stolen and taken to British camps to learn their foreign culture. I tried to think about how it would feel if I were taken away from my family,” Aarya said.

She and her Blaxcell Street Public School year sixclassmates entered the competition as part of an assignment.

“I was blown away by the depth of understanding and empathy she had for someone for age,” cultural studies teacher Belinda Alcasaid.

“We were over the moon and very proud of Aarya’s win.The competitiongave us an opportunity to open up a discussion with the children. Each member of the class went away with a greater understanding of Australian history, which is very important as Australia moves toward reconciliation. It starts with young people as they are the future.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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