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NAIDOC-inspired events celebrate culture & recognition

Despite NAIDOC Week officially being postponed until November, Newton Moore Senior High School continued its own tradition of hosting NAIDOC-inspired events on September 22.

The school, from which 20 per cent of students are Aboriginal, celebrated culture with games, face-painting and the cooking and serving of kangaroo kebabs.

The school’s Follow the Dream program coordinator James Skoda was tasked with cooking the kebabs and said the celebration was an important day on the school’s calender.

“We undertake NAIDOC celebrations every year,” he said.

“We have an assembly, recognise some kids and then we have activities at recess time where we have a handball competition and some face painting and then at lunchtime we have kangaroo kebabs and kangaroo stew.

“We have always had our celebrations on the last Tuesday of the third term.

“It is just about recognising our Aboriginal students and their community and we just like to celebrate all of their achievements.”

The 160 Indigenous students were joined by non-Indigenous students in the celebrations, which gave them the opportunity to share and express their culture, including face-painting inspired by traditional Aboriginal dot paintings.

Year 11 student Aaliyah Thomas was in charge of the face-painting station and said she enjoyed having her non-Indigenous peers take the time to sit with her and appreciate her culture.

“It’s actually pretty good, I did the face painting last year as well and it is just good recognising the culture and knowing where people come from and their background and their cultures,” she said. “It feels right to have everyone come together to celebrate culture.”

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