NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is celebrated around Australia every year in the first full week in July to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a time to celebrate and recognise the contributions that Indigenous peoples have made to our society.
St Joseph’s School celebrated NAIDOC Week with a day filled with a range of indigenous cultural activities.
The day began with the school joining with the community for a special NAIDOC Mass led by Father Owen.
A presentation was given to students on the significance of the NAIDOC Week, understanding the concept of ‘First Footprints’ and exploring Aboriginal Australian dreaming stories.
The students were then able to create their very own artwork using indigenous techniques and had their faces painted using traditional indigenous designs.
The school was very fortunate to have a special guest Mr Bob Sutor, musician and artist, who treated the students to traditional aboriginal music and storytelling.
The day concluded with an afternoon of tabloid sports based on traditional indigenous games.
A great day was had by everyone. The school very much appreciates the efforts made by Mrs Leah Bryant who organised the days activities and Mr Kel Lampton & Mr Sutor whose attendance at the school generated much excitement.