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NAIDOC 2017

14/09/2017

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet on today. I would like to acknowledge the elder’s past, present and emerging as they hold the traditions and have cared for this land that we call home for thousands of years.

 

NAIDOC - National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC plays an important role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders lives as it gives them recognition in the modern-day-society.  This year’s NAIDOC theme was “Our Language Matters” so our 2017 NAIDOC ceremony had lots of references to the theme.

 

This year, our NAIDOC ceremony took a lot of preparation and organisation. Our contemporary dance had a rocky start with no ideas, no organisation and no inspiration but slowly and steadily we started organising after school practices and started to gain confidence in ourselves. And as weeks went on, we had more motivation from teachers and more deadly ideas. The Indigenous leaders (Indigenous leaders of the future- ILF and Indigenous leaders of tomorrow - ILT) had a group of proud, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students who wanted to showcase their culture.

 

But suddenly, we noticed that time had gotten the better of us. We only had 4 days left! We had to still create half a dance and prepare the entire NAIDOC ceremony! We were running out of time but we found strength and inspiration in ourselves to be resilient and persistent. We were determined to finish and create a memorable NAIDOC ceremony.

 

Finally, it was the final day! Our bodies were painted and we practiced the ceremony. We were all nervous but we were mostly proud of ourselves. We were the first ever Indigenous leaders to create our own dance and perform it in front of the school! On top of that, we had learned lots of valuable lessons and become better leaders ourselves.

 

 

“Stay true to yourself and you will do your best”

 

 

Thanks To:

 

ILT and ILF members (Special thank you to Lissa Shay for organising after school dance practices), Mr Ah Kuoi (ILT mentor), Ms Barton (ILF mentor), Maureen Sweeney (CEC), Mr Reid, Mr Mayes, Ms Terry, Ms Edwards, Ms Stewart, parents and all the other wonderful people who helped make this happen.

 

By Ocean Wegger, Year 7 Media Officer and Indigenous Leader of the Future.

 

LUNCH TIME ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE NAIDOC WEEK AT TNLA SSHS

 Monday – NAIDOC Parade at the YMCA

 From Wednesday to Friday in week 6, the Indigenous leaders held lunchtime activities for NAIDOC week which consisted of bracelet weaving, a volleyball competition, face painting, hands on canvas and a boomerang throwing competition. There were plenty of students who participated in these events and it was great to see the involvement of everyone coming together to celebrate closing the gap.

 By Lissa-Shay

 Wednesday – Bracelet Weaving & Sport

 As part of NAIDOC week this year, one of the activities was bracelet weaving at T block (also known as the Junior Precinct). This was conducted by Indigenous Leaders, Miss Edwards and Miss Barton as part of women’s business. A lot of students from both junior and senior parts of the school came to learn the valuable skill of traditional aboriginal bracelet and basket weaving. I would like to thanks everyone that attended including teachers and students for coming and having an insight into our culture and traditions. It was deadly!

 By Samara