Walking together to celebrate indigenous culture

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts joined students Marcus Harp, Owen Hinton, Jacquyn Butt, James Wilkes, Jasmine Colbung, Shaneka Shea and Brandon Harp to celebrate Naidoc Week.Picture: Martin Kennealey       www.communitypix.com.au   d439802
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts joined students Marcus Harp, Owen Hinton, Jacquyn Butt, James Wilkes, Jasmine Colbung, Shaneka Shea and Brandon Harp to celebrate Naidoc Week.Picture: Martin Kennealey       www.communitypix.com.au d439802

MERRIWA Primary School and Education Support Centre’s Naidoc event last week followed the theme of ‘We all stand on sacred ground: learn, respect and celebrate’.

Aboriginal education officer Wes Sibosado said the special events committee designed a day of hands-on workshops.

“Merriwa Primary School has 58 Nyungar students who enjoyed the Naidoc celebrations with their classmates,” he said.

“Our Year 6 Aboriginal students were activity facilitators on the day, along with teaching staff, parents and local elder Nola Kennedy.”

He said the school’s 477 students and staff took part in the Naidoc Day Expo, which included a yarning circle, sand mural, music, talking poles, sea of feet, bush tucker tasting and an interactive dance workshop.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracy Roberts attended the event.

During the week, students also played traditional Aboriginal children’s games during their physical education lessons.

Principal Sue Waterhouse said the children took part with enthusiasm and respect and thoroughly enjoyed all the workshops.