School celebrates Naidoc Week early
MERRIWA Primary School celebrated Naidoc Week early with a series of workshops last term.
The workshops by ECU cultural awareness officer Jason Barrow and Kurongkurl Katitjin team member Caroline Bishop included mosaic art, Aboriginal games, storytelling, performances and bush tucker.
There was also a mother and child sand mural to reflect this year’s Naidoc theme – Because of Her, We Can – which honours the role of women as significant role models empowering past generations and paving the way for those to come.
“We teamed up with Merriwa PS to run a series of Aboriginal culturalbased games and activities where the students were able to learn some language from each of the different activities with origins from around the country as well as some practical skills and knowledge,” Mr Barrow said.
“Things like how to throw a boomerang, being aware of snakes when bush walking and how spear throwing technology is used today within dog ballthrowers.”
Naidoc Week runs from July 8 to 15.
Students Seth Drummond-Hay, Latieka Henry and Brooklyn Hill with cultural awareness officer Jason Barrow from ECU.
Alumni Grace Winmar with student Marcus Harp and Nan Valerie Williams.