Close the Gap Day

In November 2008, the Council of Australian Governments approved the National Indigenous Reform Agreement, which aimed to focus on seven key targets to enable the gap between non-indigenous and indigenous Australians to be closed. Since then, an annual report has been published regarding the progress of achieving these targets.

This year’s report indicated little development in five of the seven targets. It is imperative for us to do our part in helping close the gap to create a more egalitarian Australia. Held on Thursday 19 March, National Close the Gap Day is a day of action to pledge support for achieving indigenous health equality by 2030.

Girls acknowledged this significant event through a number of activities and showed their support by wearing stickers and badges designed by The Uralla Club. Using a red, yellow or black paper hand, girls also shared their thoughts on why it is important to close the gap. During lunch, these hands were displayed on Level 4 of the CLC to create an installation that showcased the School’s support. A petition advocating for better indigenous healthcare was also distributed by The Uralla Club and signed by girls in all Year levels.

While this was happening, other Uralla members dispersed around the Main Campus to interview girls about the issues regarding indigenous people, and how they think BGGS can help in closing the gap. Many of Girls Grammar’s talented musicians also performed songs on unity and harmony during lunch, which added to the inclusive atmosphere of the event. Overall, the day was very successful in promoting awareness about the Close the Gap initiative.

Kate Edmondston (12B) and Sierra Reza (11H)

Close the Gap Day installation organised by The Uralla Club