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NAIDOC Week 2015

Painting a canvas for NAIDOC Week
One of our students adding details to a colourful canvas.
​Kelso State School celebrated NAIDOC week in the last week of school prior to the June/July vacation (NAIDOC Week was officially celebrated in the week 5 to 12 July while we were on vacation). NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. This year's National NAIDOC theme was: We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate. Kelso students had an enjoyable time as they learned, respected and celebrated on the last Wednesday of Term 2.
Two of our EATSIPS Committee members, Miss Budby and Mrs Cataldo planned our school activities to reflect this year's theme but also to highlight one of our school's strongly held values of No Bullying. On the Wednesday 25 June, class groups congregated in the hall to paint 20 canvasses illustrating a story we had all read about a kookaburra who finds that his teasing ways leaves him with no friends until he learns to be kind. These beautifully vivid art works will be hung in the hall. Students also coloured in sheets of significant symbols and totems, created a banner to celebrate the day for their class and listened to some of the exciting new books by Indigenous authors recently purchased for our Library.