Safety Bay SHS celebrates Naidoc Week with traditional dance


Moorditij Djoowak dancers at Safety Bay Senior High School.
Moorditij Djoowak dancers at Safety Bay Senior High School.
Moorditij Djoowak dancers at Safety Bay Senior High School. Moorditij Djoowak dancers at Safety Bay Senior High School.

NAIDOC Week was celebrated with a traditional dance performance at Safety Bay Senior High School.

There was a special assembly to kick off a week-long program of activities celebrating Naidoc Week.

Noongar traditional owner Betty Garlett led a welcome to country to open the proceedings, which included a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse the School and ward off bad spirits.

Moorditij Mob entertained with a traditional dance performance.

Deputy principal John Triscari said it was a chance for the whole school for to celebrate the Indigenous culture.

“The theme for this year’s Naidoc Week is Our Languages Matter and this is something we are actively trying to address here through our Moorditij Djoowak Aboriginal Engagement Program, which includes weekly Noongar language lessons,” he said.

Students from across the whole school had the opportunity to participate in a number of activities including dance workshops with the Moorditij Mob, art and weaving.

Students also had the opportunity to hear from Red Dust Heelers National Wheelchair Basketball League player Ryan Morich about his experiences in overcoming adversity.

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