School cel­e­brates Naidoc Week early

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Pic­tures: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d483977

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.

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