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Reconciliation Week

​M​ackay Central celebrates Reconciliation Week
​MACKAY Central State School is known by many for its heritage-listed building - it sits on the site of the city's first erected school and the building where classes are taught today was constructed in 1933.

But a fact you may not know is one acting Principal Cameron Brown is happy to share - the primary school, nestled in the middle of the city heart, is one of Mackay's most multi-cultural schools.

It's why Mr Brown decided to host daily events over the past week to commemorate National Reconciliation Week.

"We have a very multi-cultural school - about 27percent of the students are indigenous, with 40percent of the school multi-cultural,” Mr Brown said.

"With such a high population of indigenous children at our school it was important for us to celebrate Reconciliation Week.”

Initiated in 1996 by Reconciliation Australia, National Reconciliation Week's purpose is to celebrate indigenous culture and encourage discussion about Reconciliation through activities and debate.

Mr Brown said it was important for Mackay Central School to take part in Reconciliation Week activities because it was about recognising the diversity in their school.

"We started the week with a parade that showcased indigenous dancers, we had a local indigenous leader come and talk about reconciliation with the students, the children took part in creating a mural, we've been learning indigenous games and it will all culminated in a march around the school today,” Mr Brown said.

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