Students celebrate NAIDOC Day

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 13 primary schools descended on Guise Public School in Macquarie Fields to celebrate NAIDOC Day last week. 

More than 700 students acknowledged and celebrated Indigenous culture.

This year’s theme was “because of her, we can!” 

The day started with a ceremony which included a water blessing and musical performance to celebrate and build an understanding of Aboriginal culture.

Then students moved into activities which included building humpies, boomerang throwing, didgeridoo playing, weaving and eating bush tucker and a virtual excursion to the outback, using new virtual reality technology.

Guise deputy principal Nathan Neilson said it was great to see the students engaged throughout the day.

“The feedback from our visiting schools was overwhelmingly positive,” he said.

“This event was a fantastic way to build understanding and respect for the traditional custodians of this land and to showcase the wonderful community vibe at Guise Public School.

“I was extremely proud to be a member of the Guise Family on this special day.”

Mr Neilson thanked Mrs Edwards and Miss Bell, and all staff, for their “outstanding and passionate coordination” of the event.

“My thanks also go to Jackie and Kim from our P&C for their assistance on the day,” he said.

“It’s events such as this which make us step back and reflect on how lucky we are to be part of such a great school community.”

In other school news:

This NAIDOC Week, Catholic Education, Diocese of Wollongong students paid tribute to the incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in their lives.