Published on: 5 August 2016

Chantal Widdicombe’s Year 2 class led a beautiful NAIDOC Week Assembly on Friday. The assembly began with a Welcome to Country by Olman Walley, followed with information about the land we occupy here at Christ Church. Lead by Mr Walley, the boys later performed a moving dance and Nyoongar song which involved the whole school.

This year, Christ Church celebrated NAIDOC Week with a variety of events, including a basketball game, ICEA barbeque fundraiser, workshops with Mr Olman Walley, a display and sand art installation by Mrs Roni Forrest, a traditional feed for the Residential Community, the Indigenous student art exhibition opening and artist presentations for the Prep boys.

“It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm the boys have shown for the activities provided. Mr Walley’s workshops were informative and fun, while the song the boys sang at assembly was a fitting end to what has been a wonderful week. The joy and pride on the boys’ faces when singing together was lovely to see.”

The land Christ Church occupies is a very significant area for the Wadjuk people. More than 40 000 years ago, they used the Swan River as a source of food, ceremony and a place for social gatherings, much like we do today.