West Balcatta Primary students explore Indigenous culture as part of school’s NAIDOC Day event


Lucas Van Der Loo, Eva Rudd, Madison Rain and Malachi Sears do some sand painting for West Balcatta Primary’s NAIDOC Day event. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d455051
Lucas Van Der Loo, Eva Rudd, Madison Rain and Malachi Sears do some sand painting for West Balcatta Primary’s NAIDOC Day event. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d455051

WEST Balcatta Primary School students dressed in Indigenous colours and prints to celebrate the school’s annual NAIDOC Day yesterday .

Students participated in various activities including Indigenous art, Dreamtime stories, boomerang throwing and bush-tucker tasting.

This year’s national theme was ‘Songlines: The living narrative of our nation’.

Deputy principal Annalyn Navarrete said the day served as a opportunity for students to learn more about Aboriginal culture.

“It means a demonstration, awareness and appreciation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of past and present, what they have been through and the knowledge, values and culture they have to offer,” Mrs Navarrete said.

Student Teagan Wiltshire (9) said students could see what it was like to be an Aboriginal person, while Brandon Bertoli (11) said the day allowed them to experience how people survived before technology and advanced skills.

NAIDOC week is held from July 3 to 10.