Celebrate NAIDOC Week

These are all of the activities we held in 2021

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Smoking ceremony:  Junior School and Gawura students will participate in a Smoking Ceremony on the rooftop to officially launch NAIDOC Week 2021, with a special introduction by Gawura founder Pastor Ray Minniecon.

Mufti Day:  Junior School and Gawura School have a mufti day to raise money for Connecting Communities Australia, who will bring students from the Goodooga community to Sydney to interact with Gawura and St Andrew’s students and staff across a range of activities later this year. Students will wear culturally inspired clothes, with the colours from the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flags or clothes that incorporate First Nations designs.

Author visit: Jasmine Seymour, Darug woman & author will visit to talk to students about her books ‘Baby Business’ and ‘Cooee Mittigar’. Jasmine’s books celebrate Darug culture and language. Jasmine Seymour is descendant of Maria Lock, who was the daughter of Yarramundi, the Boorooberongal Elder who met Governor Phillip on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in 1791.

All classes will use resources that discuss the NAIDOC Week theme. This will happen throughout the week.

The Library will also run a variety of NAIDOC activities and Kahoots each lunch-time with a spotlight on First Nations authors.

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Junior School and Gawura: NAIDOC Week Kahoots and other in-class activities, along with challenges in the library.

This week’s Chapel service will focus on Heal Country.

Mrs Price will run a trivia competition for Junior School staff.

Thursday 17 June 2021

NAIDOC Assembly: A spectacular celebration of culture.

Students will enter to a clap stick percussion. They will perform a Dreaming Story about the Creation of the Narran Lake with permission from the Yuwaalaraay Peoples of North West NSW.

We have two very special guests; Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi Man, artist Jonathan Jones, and Mi-kaisha Masella, a proud Darumbal Murri and Tongan woman who will perform for students.

The assembly will conclude with a very special traditional dance performance which students have rehearsed all term, choreographed by dance teacher Uncle Matthew Doyle.  During the assembly the annual Mudyi Awards will be given to Gawura and Junior School students who show friendship and understanding.

Event details:
Date:   Thursday 17 June
Time:   9.30am
Venue: St Andrew’s Cathedral

The assembly will be streamed on the Gawura Facebook page link here   https://www.facebook.com/gawura.sacs

Middle School/Senior College: Tutor groups will discuss and reflect on the NAIDOC theme.

3pm:  This is the start of the biggest fundraiser ever held for Gawura. 24 hours of giving to support a First Nations scholarship at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, for a Gawura student from years 7 to year 12.  The scholarship will be named in honour of our Head of School, Dr John Collier who is leaving at the end of the year.  We will honour Dr Collier’s contribution to Gawura School during this 12 years as Head.

For more information and to donate please visit here or visit the Giving Day page; https://www.charidy.com/cmp/SACSGawura

Friday 18 June 2021

Giving Day continues. You can watch all the action here, with live crosses to the operations room and you can see how close we are to smashing the $240,000 goal https://www.charidy.com/cmp/SACSGawura

Junior School and Gawura: NAIDOC Week Kahoots and other in-class activities, along with challenges in the library.