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It’s a cultural celebration

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July 07, 2017

Tocumwal Public School hosted a number of activities as part of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations on Friday.

Featuring a day of dance, cooking, art and crafts, Indigenous games and cross cultural exploration, the day was also attended by students from Tocumwal Sacred Heart School.

Tocumwal Public principal Darren White said the school community was excited to again host a NAIDOC Week celebration.

“The day consisted of four rotations, with activities including completing the Aboriginal garden which was started last year, cooking Johnny Cakes and traditional Indigenous games.

“Our Year 6 students led the rotations under the guidance of teacher Miss Laura Willoughby, who put a lot of time and effort into organising this wonderful day.

“Following on from the success of previous years, Sacred Heart Catholic School also participated in the festivities.

‘‘This ensured the event was bigger and better and more inclusive of all the children in our community.

‘‘There was much laughter and many smiles as the children threw themselves enthusiastically into all the activities,” Mr White said.

“The day was a wonderful opportunity for cross-cultural exploration and bringing together community groups, schools, parents and members of our Indigenous community.’’

The day’s opening assembly was run by 10 Indigenous students from the school, who highlighted the meaning behind this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, ‘Our Languages Matter’.

To emphasise the importance of keeping Indigenous languages alive, the school sang the national anthem in Luritja — the language of the Indigenous people of Central Australia.

Mr White added a key highlight was the performance by the Kaila Dungala Butja Malnigan Dancers from Shepparton.

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