Schools celebrate NAIDOC week and Indigenous women
DESPITE National Aboriginal Islander Day of Celebrations (NAIDOC) Week falling in the school holidays, students from schools across the Alpine Shire have done their best to join in the celebration.
Local schools and Alpine Shire Council continue to work together to ensure participation in the week that promotes respect and harmony within the community.
The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week is ‘Because of her, we can!’ which is celebrating the essential role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played - and continue to play - as active and significant role models in all areas across the country.
Primary and secondary school students across the Alpine Shire took part in a mix of activities in the lead up to NAIDOC Week (July 8-15) including colouring in, creative writing and essay writing.
Alpine Shire Council’s manager of economic and community development Elaine Burridge said the initiative provides an educational component to the celebrations and promotes respect and harmony within the shire’s schools and communities.
“Each year this initiative has grown and the partnership between our local schools and council is a crucial link to this success,” she said.
“The aim of the schools initiative is to provide our school children with a greater understanding of the importance of friendship and cultural diversity.
“The competition reflects Aboriginal ancestry and aims to promote the growth of positive attitudes in all students towards Aboriginal people.”
Artworks from Myrtleford school students are currently on display at the town’s library.