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Naidoc Week Celebrations

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.  This year’s theme was “Our languages matter”.  Students across Year 7-9 studied units of work related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Students from various Year 10-12 classes and VCAL classes also studied related topics depending on their elective subjects and programs.

We also enjoyed a number of additional activities as a whole school community which celebrated the significance of NAIDOC week.  These included, a performance by Kinja for all Year 7’s which focused on traditional stories and music.  Students also had the opportunity to participate in a creative art activity and indigenous games activity at lunch time.  On Thursday we commenced our full school assembly with a Welcome to Country which was provided by an Indigenous local elder from the Wurundjeri Tribe.  We again displayed the banner made by a VCAL student in 2016 with the wording - Wominjeka, which means ‘welcome’ in the Woiwurrung language.  A VCAL class made a selection of tasty treats in the design of the Aboriginal flag which was displayed on a wooden structure designed in the colours of the Aboriginal flag.  Students were also encouraged to engage in morning reflection during homeroom as a means of recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.  Staff also gathered to enjoy an Indigenous morning tea.  Students were encouraged to add to our collection of stories by adding pieces of ribbon and drawings to our “talking stick” which can be used as a conversation starter.  The library provided music, sport viewing and reading books for students to enjoy over the week.  Our school Facebook page provided an insight into the celebration of NAIDOC week at CRC in 2017.

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

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