Happy NAIDOC Week!

7 July, 2016

Happy NAIDOC week! As NAIDOC falls when the students are on holidays, Gawura celebrated NAIDOC in the last week of Term 2. David North, Head of Gawura, always says NAIDOC is one of the highlights of the year. We invite our Gawura families and community to join us and celebrate Indigenous culture, history and achievements including the celebration of our students’ achievements. NAIDOC is a week to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. The theme this year is Songlines, which represents the Creation story lines that cross the country and put all geographical and sacred sites into place in Aboriginal culture.

As part of the celebrations, the students took part in a few performances. We started the afternoon off with a performance from K-6 students called Ocean Dreaming, written and choreographed by Aunty Nadeena. The kids thoroughly enjoyed this and were able to get dressed up and painted in were traditional ochre. Nadeena Dixon is the grand daughter of the late Dr Charles Chika Dixon an Aboriginal Elder, cultural diplomat, unionist, public speaker and freedom fighter. Nandeena continues to promote the work of her grandfather and advocates for Indigenous cultures and assists Indigenous communities to maintain their rich and unique, cultural heritages. She leads weaving workshops and also dance, theatre and cultural performances. She is an incredible woman with so much passion and drive and wants to share her culture and ensure that it will be respected and celebrated for future generations.

The next performance was led by one of our senior students Keon Dawson – he performed a song that was written and recently recorded at the school by Josh Pyke, Deborah Cheetham and Justine Clarke. The song is going to be next performed at the Opera House to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Keon did an excellent job with K-6 joining in on the chorus.

Our guest speaker for the event was Nat Heath, who is a centre manager for AIME and comes in and assists with the partnership programme the school runs with AIME. He is an incredible mentor and supporter for our secondary students. He spoke on the importance of education and making the most of opportunities you have in life.

Throughout the afternoon all students were presented with certificates of achievements from various teachers across the school, rewarding them for their amazing work in semester one. It was a fantastic afternoon and wonderful to have the whole Gawura community join together and celebrate their Indigenous culture and heritage.

For lots of great photos see our Facebook page here

What have you got planned for NAIDOC week? If you are looking for an idea, click the link to see a few of the activities that have been planned throughout Australia http://www.naidoc.org.au/events-calendar


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