NAIDOC Week came early for Gawura at the end of term 2. This year’s theme, Heal Country encourages everyone to seek greater protections for our lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage.
Gawura and SACS had a full of activities starting with a Smoking Ceremony for the Gawura children on the roof. All of the Junior School and Gawura School had a mufti day and could wear a First Nations designed outfit or the colours of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flag.
We had an author visit from Jasmine Seymour, Darug woman whose books celebrate Darug culture and language.
Thursday was the big one, our best ever NAIDOC assembly. This included a dance performance from the Gawura children who had been learning traditional dance all term with Uncle Matt Doyle. We had wonderful speaker on the theme Heal Country from Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay Man Jonathan Jones and a beautiful performance by Mi-kaisha Masella, a proud Darumbal Murri and Tongan woman. The centrepiece of the assembly was a Dreaming Story, from Yuwaalaraay Nation on The Creation of the Narran Lake. The assembly was a wonderful celebration of everything Gawura is about, culture and celebrating excellence. We thank and congratulate all of the teachers and staff who worked so hard on this year’s celebrations and the many volunteers who gave up their time to sew costumes.
Watch the NAIDOC Assembly here;