Julatten celebrates NAIDOC
JULATTEN State School celebrated NAIDOC with the support of Sean Ryan, aboriginal musician, artist, dancer and educator. Sean belongs to the Kuku Nyunkal bubu bamanga, the people of the Black Cockatoo mother country.
He grew up in Mossman and has been living in Sydney and Melbourne in recent years, performing, educating and supporting students.
Sean organised a memorable NAIDOC program to reopen the Julatten State School Learning Garden.
The day began with a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, followed by an entertaining didgeridoo performance.
Julatten Groote Eylandt students performed a series of five traditional dances on the stage. The audience was enthralled by the performances in such a beautiful, natural location.
Throughout the day, Sean conducted art workshops with classes and shared his extensive knowledge of bush tucker food and medicine during a walk through the Learning Garden. Sean prepared a traditional feast cooked in a garrama, a fire pit of river rocks with meat and vegetables wrapped in banana leaves and cooked for more than six hours.
Students enjoyed a delicious feast of pork, chicken, taro, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato and pineapple for lunch.
The day was a wonderful celebration of indigenous culture and achievement.
Sunbird Child Care Centre, families and community members were invited to attend and participate in the festivities.
Principal, Mrs Gaye Lovelock, said NAIDOC is an important annual event on the school calendar.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island perspectives are a crosscurricular priority of the Australian Curriculum.
The day provided an important opportunity for students to experience aboriginal culture, and gain knowledge and understandings of traditional ways of life and art.
The school community would like to thank Sean for his efforts, energy, enthusiasm and support of students at Julatten.
Sean Ryan was the special guest