NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each year to celebrate the history, culture, contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. On Thursday 6th September, our school enjoyed a very successful NAIDOC celebration. 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 our school’s NAIDOC celebrations were organised by Mrs Fallah and Ms Sandra Blackburn and involved all of year 7. Our indigenous students helped lead the organisation of the activities on the day. This was a great opportunity for them to proudly share their culture and assume a leadership role in an important school and National event. Many staff also assisted on the day to make it a huge success.
The celebrations commenced with a formal assembly during Period 2 led by Georgia Lee Ockerby Pickett . During this assembly students listened to an inspirational guest speaker, Deanna Schreiber, an Aboriginal elder who talked about the culture and success of a young Aboriginal person she mentored. The students then watched a DVD on local Aboriginal art and completed a NAIDOC quiz. Clayton Barker was presented with a Deadly kids doing well award for Academic Achievement, an award that celebrates academic achievements, leadership and attendance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Sydney Region. The assembly was then followed by a series of outdoor activities during periods 3 and 4. These included traditional Aboriginal games run by our Aboriginal and PASS students and Aboriginal art activities. The celebrations finished off with a BBQ lunch for all the students, including damper prepared by the students and a special arrangement of kangaroo meatballs and wattle-seed and lemon-myrtle ice cream.