Yesterday, our school and community came together and celebrated NAIDOC day. NAIDOC is a special day in which we celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture. Members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community came to our school and ran activities which enabled our students to experience their rich culture. The students were able to throw boomerangs, play traditional games, learn about bush medicine and bush tucker, cook with traditional ingredients, hear stories, touch artefacts, listen to the didgeridoo, twist bracelets and learn how to create their own Indigenous art through telling stories and recording them using traditional symbols.
It turned out to be a very special day indeed. It wasn’t special just because the kids got to be entertained, it was a special day because our students wanted to learn about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture - and learn they did! Our students and teachers impressed our guests by how they became involved in the activities; they listened, they participated, they asked questions and when they thanked them for coming, our students made our guests feel like superstars! Throughout the day our guests kept commenting on what great kids we have here and how they are looking forward to coming back next year. In fact, Goma already started to plan what he was going to do next year!
The perfect end to the afternoon was the unveiling of our beautiful new mural which was painted by our Uncle Lloyd Hornsby who volunteers so much of his time to our school helping our students. The mural represents the story and history of Lawnton and is full of meaning. Every element of that mural is special and I’m sure that each time you look at it, you will find a new element that you haven’t seen before and will be amazed at the meaning behind it.
Lastly, I would like to say Thank You to everyone who was involved in making this day happen. Thank you, Mr. Hovey, Mrs. Matheson, Mr. Grice, Mrs. Kennedy and Amanda for all of your hard work behind the scenes. A very special thank you to Mrs. Xenos who travelled around the countryside hunting down crocodile and kangaroo sausages, gathering up traditional flavours and spice and giving up so much of her time to not only cater for our guests but at the same time run the cooking activity with the kids. Thank you to our very special guests, Goma and his wonderful family, Brad from Deadly Choices, Danny Doyle, Uncle Joe Kirk and Uncle Bill. Without Uncle Bill our NAIDOC celebrations would just not be the same.
Kylie Harrington - Indigenous Program Facilitator