SWAN View Senior High School recently used a special assembly to showcase the diverse talents and achievements of its Aboriginal students.
The whole school population and many family members were entertained and educated by presentations from students from the school’s Follow the Dream and Clontarf programs and dancing and didgeridoo playing by students from Kiara College.
Year 7 student Jarome Cross and Year 9 student Tremayne Parfitt were named as the winners of The Clontarf Academy’s Naidoc Art Competition.
Kiara College’s Baldja Moort Dancers got many in the audience up on their feet and joining in their traditional dances.
Year 7 Swan View student Levi Parfitt also danced with the group.
The assembly finished with a rendition of We are Australian sung by local entertainers Angela Rule and Natasha Eldridge, who were accompanied by students and staff member Jasmin Gentle.
Part of the song was sung in Nyungar, the language of the Whadjuk people on whose traditional lands Swan View Senior High School was built.
Swan View SHS principal Melesha Sands said the school celebrated a belated Naidoc Day as a follow-up to Reconciliation Week the previous term.
“These celebrations are important and essential in promoting understanding, empathy and connection amongst all Australians,”