Day of fun to explore Indigenous heritage
NAIDOC celebrations were in full swing last week at the Emerald North State School Indigenous Culture Day.
The school celebrated Central Highlands Naidoc Week on Monday with activities for the students to participate in.
Activities included beading, dancing, painting, art and Indigenous games along with teaming up with Joining Australia Music group to belt out a few tunes.
Students painted six totem poles as part of the painting activity where they learnt some traditional techniques and made colour beading samples that will be on display in the Emerald Town Hall as part of the Character and Culture Exhibition.
Emerald North’s head of curriculum Alister Warren said the students responded positively to the day and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities on offer.
“All students were very much engaged and involved in the activities and participated well and had fun,” he said.
“The meaning of the day, to celebrate Indigenous culture, was discussed throughout the many activities being run over the day.”
The school chaplains, Lutha Cora and Ross Grierson, showed the students a traditional method for lighting a fire and playing the didgeridoo.
The dance activity was hailed a favourite by the participants as they learnt traditional Indigenous moves.
“Students said they had lots of fun,” Mr Warren said. “They particularly liked the painting and dance.”
In addition to Monday’s celebrations, JAM also held a special Wednesday concert at the school hall.
The concert celebrated cultural diversity within the region with local musicians performing.