Hon­our­ing in­dige­nous cul­ture

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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.

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