SWAN View Senior High School recently celebrated Reconciliation Week with a special Naidoc assembly showcasing the talents and achievements of its many Aboriginal students.
Head Girl Tenae Rivers welcomed special guests including Ben Wyatt, MLA, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Native Title, and Michelle Roberts MLA before the school community was entertained with performances by singers and dancers and a didgeridoo solo by Year 9 student Sebastian Stream.
Principal Melesha Sands said the event reinforced the school’s commitment to reconciliation. “As principal, one of the things I am most proud of is Swan View’s inclusivity.
“We see people’s hearts and minds not their colour,” she said.
Co-ordinator of the Follow the Dream program Nicola Angell said the highlight of the assembly was the debut performance of The Everlastings Dancers, a group of Year 7 and 8 girls, who belong to an indigenous girl’s leadership group based at the school.
Leader of the Partnerships for Success program at the school, Jasmin Gentle, said her young team had grown and matured in the 12 months since the program had been running.
“They are blossoming and my goal is to support our girls to become strong, empowered indigenous leaders in our community”.
The Everlastings then went on to open events at the Crown Casino on Saturday May 28, for the Ms Naidoc celebrations and selection.
“I had a wonderful time at Swan View Senior High School and loved the assembly,” Mr Wyatt said.
“Swan View has a fantastic student body and it was a real privilege to be involved in such a wonderful event.”