Allegra School - National Sorry Day @ Allegra 2024

National Sorry Day @ Allegra 2024

At Allegra School Coffs Harbour we understand a little extra support, flexible learning opportunities in small classes and an environment free from prejudice can make a significant impact to a student's confidence, wellbeing and overall school experience.Allegra is a safe learning space for students who find studying and socialising in mainstream schools challenging. We welcome young people struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma, with neurodiversity (on the spectrum) or learning difficulties, who have experienced bullying or who identify as part of the rainbow community.

We believe a small school, makes a big difference. Allegra offers small classes in an adult learning environment. We prioritise personal growth, respectful relationships and instilling a sense of belonging. Allegra offers an inclusive and flexible learning environment tailored to support students in Years 9 & 10. The subjects are the same, it's the delivery that is different. Our goal is to provide young people with the opportunity to realise their potential on both academic and personal levels.

We are not an easy alternative. We are an opportunity to reset, reinvent and refresh your academic and personal goals and provide a support network to assist you working towards those goals. Our students are carefully selected, those willing to commit to bettering themselves while being supportive of others are more likely to be enrolled.While Allegra has a range of support services to assist students with barriers to learning, we do not offer one-on-one behaviour intervention or high levels of behaviour modification.

As an independent school we are a member of the Association of Independent Schools of NSW and our aim is to offer all eligible young people the chance to grow and mature while undertaking their high school education in a safe and supportive environment. At Allegra we seek to include those young people whose lives may be complicated, challenging or require a particular understanding in order to achieve success.
National Sorry Day @ Allegra 2024
May 27, 2024
National Sorry Day @ Allegra 2024

At Allegra School, National Sorry Day was commemorated over two impactful days, Thursday and Friday, with a series of educational and reflective activities designed to deepen students’ understanding of this significant day.

On Thursday, students participated in a Sorry Day education program, where they learned about the importance of National Sorry Day. This day serves as a poignant reminder and an opportunity for society to acknowledge the historical wrongs committed against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through forced removal. It also recognises the intergenerational trauma and ongoing impact these policies have had. Through these sessions, students gained a deeper appreciation of the day’s significance and the profound effects of these past injustices.

Part of the educational program included learning some Gumbangirr language greetings. Students practiced phrases such as “Where do you live?” (Juuda Ngiinda ngayinggi?) and “I live in Coffs Harbour” (Ngaya yaam ngayinggi Garlambirlala). This language lesson not only enriched the students’ linguistic skills but also connected them to the local Aboriginal culture, fostering a sense of respect and understanding.

On Friday, students engaged in a collaborative art project, creating artworks as they reflected on the impact of the Stolen Generations on Aboriginal Australians. This activity provided a creative outlet for students to express their feelings and thoughts about the stories and history they had learned. To deepen their understanding, students listened to music by Archie Roach, including his powerful song “Took the Children Away,” and a song by Briggs titled “The Children Came Back.” These songs poignantly narrate the experiences of the Stolen Generations, resonating with the themes of loss and resilience.

Although the commemoration of National Sorry Day is a somber occasion, Allegra students approached it with respect and empathy. The thoughtful discussions that emerged during these activities highlighted the significance of this day and the continuing impact of historical injustices on Indigenous Australians. Through these insightful conversations, students demonstrated a growing awareness of the intergenerational trauma that still affects many Indigenous communities.

The activities held at Allegra School for National Sorry Day provided a meaningful and educational experience for all involved, ensuring that the importance of acknowledging and understanding this part of Australian history is not forgotten

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