Lockyer High Reconciliation Week carnival

Lockyer District High School touch footy team. Picture: CHANTAL REVELL

Ten schools from across the Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs regions united for the inaugural Reconciliation Week Inter-schools Touch Carnival on 29 May.

The first of its kind in Queensland, the touch tournament aimed to close the gap and remind students of the urgency of teaming together to promote reconciliation between cultures.

Lockyer District High School community education counsellor Chantal Revell said the tournament connects cultures with two students from each grade, ranging from 7 to 12 selected.

“Schools have to pick six First Nations students, and six non-First Nations students to play,” she said

“It’s just about getting together and celebrating reconciliation, especially with closing the gap and bringing schools and other cultures together.”

Lockyer District High School principal Ian Insley said the school aims to make the tournament an annual event after such a successful showing in 2024.

“We’re all playing under the same banner, we’re all looking the part, and we’re all getting on, and everyone’s treating everyone exactly the same way, it’s just fantastic,” he said.

The tournament embodied the 2024 NRL theme of ‘Now More Than Ever.’

A reminder that no matter what, the fight for justice and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will and must continue.