Early cel­e­bra­tions

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Al­though NAIDOC Week, the first week of July, fell dur­ing the school holidays this year, lo­cal schools made sure it did not go un­ac­knowl­edged, as most held ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties cel­e­brat­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der cul­ture a week early.

On Fri­day, Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School held its an­nual NAIDOC Week event, a com­mu­ni­ty­wide “el­ders and oldies” birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for the many lo­cal el­ders who grew up with July 1 as­signed as their birth­day.

Prin­ci­pal David Paine said NAIDOC Week was an im­por­tant event at the school.

Stu­dents, staff and Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tion and com­mu­nity mem­bers cooked stew, damper and roo tails and were en­ter­tained by live mu­sic by band the Roe­bourne Ram­blers.

Tom Price Se­nior High School, where about a quar­ter of the stu­dent body is of indige­nous her­itage, held a day of ac­tiv­i­ties sev­eral weeks early on Fri­day, June 24.

Stu­dents had an as­sem­bly about the his­tory and sig­nif­i­cance of NAIDOC Week, in­clud­ing the mean­ing of this year’s Song­lines theme, and par­tic­i­pated in ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing paint­ing mu­rals and boomerangs and mak­ing jew­ellery, head­bands and friend­ship bands.

There was also some healthy com­pe­ti­tion on show as a week­long NAIDOC Week school net­ball com­pe­ti­tion came down to a staff v stu­dents show­down, with the stu­dents com­ing out on top.

Tom Price Se­nior High School Abo­rig­i­nal Is­lan­der Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer Jas­mine Cal­laghan said the school had gone all out with ac­tiv­i­ties for Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week a month ago, so had opted for some­thing “a lit­tle more sim­ple” for NAIDOC Week.

St Paul’s Pri­mary School in Kar­ratha ac­knowl­edged NAIDOC Week on Tues­day when Roe­bourne-based per­former Pa­trick Churn­side gave a wel­come to coun­try and taught stu­dents about the land and bound­aries of the Ngar­luma peo­ple.

It was fol­lowed by a spe­cial liturgy, cook­ing, art and dance ac­tiv­i­ties and a bar­be­cue lunch.

Pic­ture: Pip Arthur

St Paul's Pri­mary School stu­dent Siria Kick­ett, 9, cel­e­brates NAIDOC Week.

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