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NAIDOC Week

15/07/2013
Child holding painted boomerang
​One of the many beautiful art works created with local artist Sharon Banjo

​The theme for NAIDOC Week this year was "We value the vision” based on the Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. This week is about recognition, learning, sharing and understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture.  We opened our NAIDOC week celebrations with our Elder Aunty Jenny Wyles doing "Welcome to Country" at parade. She greeted us with the words "Wadda Mooli" which is is Birrigubba language meaning greetings and then spoke to us about the importance of NAIDOC week and related to our Value of the Week, excellence, by explaining that the Aboriginal term for excellence was "deadly" and she concluded by telling us all to be deadly. The year 3 students performed the traditional Torres Strait Islander song Taba Naba and the rest of the school joined in with the actions. Parade concluded with a morning tea for our invited guests and parents.

Miss Debbie and Mrs Kupul organised a range of NAIDOC week activities that students participated in including:

  • Boomerang and Spear throwing interactive activities
  • Beading workshop creating a wrist band
  • Boomerang Painting and art workshops
  • Role model talks
  • Indigenous Games

culminating in a session for Years 4 to 7 by renowned author and speaker Boori Monty Pryor.