Mandurah Baptist Primary celebrates NAIDOC week with smoke ceremony

Mandurah Baptist Primary celebrates NAIDOC week with smoke ceremony

MANDURAH Baptist Primary students participated in an indigenous smoke ceremony yesterday ahead of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week.

Students from kindergarten to year six participated in a fire-lighting ceremony to symbolise Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working in unison.

Deputy principal of curriculum in the primary school Alison Fallon said the students were seated at the entry of the school, in front of a new art piece created using Aboriginal colours and techniques.

“The purpose of the day is to celebrate Aboriginal culture, language and creativity,” she said.

“This artwork is entitled ‘Community’ which means ‘with unity’.”

The ceremony would signify the commitment from both to reach reconciliation, respect and recognition.

Students also took part in a variety of activities including face painting, dancing, art and music throughout the day.

NAIDOC week will commence July 8 to 15.