NAIDOC 2017

NAIDOC 2017

Venue: School Grounds

Our NAIDOC week was a fantastic celebration of culture and really encapsulated the theme of NAIDOC “Language Matters”.  
The week began with a Welcome to Country Liturgy and flag raising ceremony where the significance of the symbols and heritage of our Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Australian flags were explained by each class before the whole school walked through the Community signalling the start of our NAIDOC week.
 
Over the next days children divided into their faction groups to participate in an array of cultural activities designed to educate, challenge and enjoy the richness of this special culture. These activities were led by many of our wonderful elders from the community as well as ATA’s and the Bardi Jawi Rangers.  
On Thursday we headed to the beach for NAIDOC Reef Day where all the community participated in activities such as spear throwing competitions, fishing, sand sculptures and traditional indigenous games followed by a cook up of turtle (goolil) and fish on the beach.  
On Friday we began with more activities including an art competition and the opportunity for families to add their art work to a special cross which will be commissioned and blessed later in the year.
The highlight of this last day was a huge cultural feast with food supplied by the school and prepared and cooked by the community. It was beautiful to sit under the shade of our beautiful trees on our school grounds and enjoy the singing and dancing prepared by our students and community members.  
The finale was the handover of the flags to the community where we walked to the community centre. This signaled the start of the evening celebrations where bands, dancers and visitors were delighted at the evening of lively entertainment. 
Thank you to all of our staff who organised the event, in particular, Mena Manado, Vincent McKenzie and Cara Webling who guided all our ATAs and others through the preparation and management of the event. Thanks must also go to Michael Martin and his team of workers at Kullari in assisting with the set up for Reef day and always being available to support the school.