PAYING RESPECT: Ethan Jones wins the NAIDOC medal of excellence for his poem.
PAYING RESPECT: Ethan Jones wins the NAIDOC medal of excellence for his poem.

Poem winner pays tribute to indigenous reconciliation

ONE Warwick boy has received a statewide honour for giving a voice to reconciliation.

As Warwick East State School student Ethan Jones started to learn about the cruel history of Australia, he was upset to find out how Australia’s First Nation’s People were treated.

“It shocked me about the past and what happened, they were killed with guns and swords,” he said.

“It’s sad to think indigenous people were not respected.”

Along with his classmates, Ethan used that research to create a poem for the Naidoc week creative writing ­competition called Reconciliation.

Competition for the award was fierce and Ethan had no idea he was even in with a shot to win.

I wrote mine and I didn’t know if I was going to win or not,” Ethan said.

“I finished it the day before I had to hand it in.”

But last week, the gifted writer was among 30 other Queensland children to win a medal of excellence for his words.

Year 5 and 6 teacher Michael Sullivan said the poem and week helped shine a light on the modern reality of reconciliation for indigenous Australians.

“We always have a Naidoc week here and we spoke about how it motivates us to make the world a better place,” Mr Sullivan said.

“Indigenous history is really our history.”



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