We were delighted to host Composer OJ Rushton, the creative director of the OZY Youth Defence Choir, and local Canberra florist Hazel Davies last Friday for a choral workshop in honour of Reconciliation Day. Students from our Middle and Senior School Choirs participated in the workshop to learn and perform a song composed by OJ and Hazel, ‘The Anthem of the Desert Pea.’

They shared the significance of the desert pea flower as a flower of remembrance for First Nations Peoples and how remembering those who have lost their lives in conflict is an important part of reconciliation.

Following the workshop, 15 Burgmann students formed part of the Emerging Voices Reconciliation Day Choir on Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park as part of the official Reconciliation Day events.