Honouring indigenous culture
Tocumwal Public School hosted a fantastic day of music, cooking, arts and crafts and cross cultural exploration as part of recent NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week celebrations.
The annual cultural week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that indigenous Australians make.
TPS principal Darren White said students participated in five activities on a rotating basis — creating a permanent installation school mural of a Rainbow Serpent, cooking of Johnny Cakes and small dampers, traditional indigenous games, weaving, storytelling, and music with instruments and art.
Students from Tocumwal Sacred Heart also joined in the fun.
‘‘This ensured the event was bigger and better, and more inclusive of all the children in our community,’’ he said.
‘‘There was much laughter and many smiles as the children threw themselves enthusiastically into all the activities.
‘‘One of the exciting features of this year’s activities was the permanent mural installation, in the form of a Rainbow Serpent, as a reminder of our indigenous heritage.’’
Activities started with an assembly, lead by TPS students Kadeesha Conlan, Jak Drysdale and Bayden Gowty. Their presentation including revealing the meaning behind this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, ‘Standing on Sacred Ground’.
Kadeesha Conlan, Jak Drysdale and Bayden Gowty ran Tocumwal Public School’s NAIDOC Week assembly.