NAIDOC Week 2017
Published on: 3 August 2017
The School has embraced NAIDOC Week celebrations with a range of activities for everyone. Led by our Indigenous students and Indigenous Program Co-ordinator, Michael Ralph, NAIDOC presents a special opportunity each year for us to highlight and reflect our commitment to the part we must play towards reconciliation.
“To highlight all that our Indigenous boys bring to the School and our community would take some time. We are always learning from the boys – through diversity, the stories and languages, art, sport and so much more”, said Principal Alan Jones during opening at yesterday’s Our steps forward art exhibition held on campus.
“We are privileged to have Indigenous boys on campus. Education is fundamental to unlocking the potential of future generations and similarly, our Indigenous program is an integral component of the School’s offering, enriching our community.”
Other NAIDOC activities which have taken place include:
– a Prep School poster competition, offering winners the opportunity to work with our Indigenous students and paint their very own pair of soccer/footy boots
– interactive workshops for our Prep boys, facilitated by acclaimed traditional Aboriginal dancer, Olman Walley
– a stunning basketball match in the blue gym between our Indigenous boys and teachers – enjoy a short clip of the rivalry here
Across the nation, NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.
Our steps forward can be viewed from 4 to 24 August in the Old Boys’ Gallery, exhibiting talented artworks by over 10 of our Indigenous students.