School celebrates NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC Week started early at Gympie’s One Mile State School last week as students joined with visitors from Cherbourg in a variety of activities as part of the celebration.
The celebrations were brought forward from the official July 4-11 week to allow them to happen prior to the two-week school holiday break.
One Mile students and staff were joined by about 25 students from Cherbourg, accompanied by teachers and other family members in a full day of activities.
NAIDOC is an acronym of National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee but has become the accepted name for the week of celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognises the contributions of indigenous Australians.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2010 is “Unsung Heroes – Closing the Gap by Leading the Way” and that is certainly what happened at One Mile State School.
The day featured a wide range of activities and high on the agenda was a tree planting ceremony in the school’s Bush Tucker Garden.
The ceremony was a symbol of interschool friendship and caring, completed by students from both schools.
The students also kept the Football World Cup theme going by playing both boys’ and girls’ soccer games between Cherbourg and One Mile students.
Story books made by the Cherbourg students were read to the younger students at One Mile.
Indigenous students at One Mile also took a major part in the activities, including performing two items at the school parade held after the lunch break.
Lisa Powell, grandmother of Perci and Ellsi Holmes, who works at an Aboriginal and Islander Culture Centre in Brisbane, conducted three speaking sessions with students across all grades in the school hall.
Other activities on the day included bead-making, a painting workshop by Aunty Venus, of Cherbourg, hessian sewing and handprints and boomerang painting.
Year 4 students took part in a didgeridoo and dance class conducted by the Cherbourg students.
Students from Year 7 joined Cherbourg students in doing handprints on canvas. One canvas will stay at One Mile while the other has gone back to Cherbourg to be displayed.