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NAIDOC Week 2016

Last week CRC Melton celebrated NAIDOC week.  NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines’ Islanders’ Day Observance Committee.  NAIDOC Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, and  recognises Indigenous Australians' contributions to our country.  Students across Year 7-9 all studied units of work related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Students from Year 10-12, VINCIT and VCAL also studied related topics depending on their elective subjects and programs.

We also enjoyed a number of additional activities as a school community which focused on the significance of NAIDOC week.  These included: A walk of fame where students got to learn about significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals.  We also displayed a banner at the front of the school.  Jack Whitehurst of Year 12 designed the banner.  The wording on the banner reads - Wominjeka, which means ‘welcome’ in the Woiwurrung language.  The Wurundjeri people are the local traditional owners of our land.  During lunch the students had an opportunity to participate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art activities and music.  The Indigenous games had to be reallocated to some of the junior PE classes due to the very poor weather experienced during the early part of the week.  On Thursday we had a Welcome to Country at our full school assembly which was provided by an Indigenous local elder from the Wurundjeri Tribe.  Staff also gathered to enjoy an Indigenous morning tea.  On Friday the Year 7’s had an opportunity to hear music and stories from Kinja who performed a fusion of Celtic and Aboriginal music and stories.  Phil Geia shared knowledge about Palm Island – the good, bad and deadly” for the Year 9’s and from all accounts it was a fantastic performance enjoyed by the students.  Phil also played in our new hub during the lunch period for any students who wanted to join in.

We do hope that the students enjoyed any activities that they were involved in and for the students studying the content in class, that the week has increased their awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.  

Daniela Harrington (Humanities Domain Leader) and Wendy Hine (Indigenous Support Officer)

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