WEST Australian of the Year Aboriginal Award Winner Gina Williams engaged students and teachers at PLC last Friday, as part of the School’s Naidoc Week celebrations.
Williams is an Aboriginal singer/songwriter who writes contemporary songs in the Noongar language, and is passionate about the preservation of the Noongar language.
This year’s national Naidoc Week theme was ‘our languages matter’, making Williams a fitting speaker.
Williams’ presentation formed part of the school’s Naidoc Week celebrations, which are largely led by the PLC ‘Gorna Liyarn’ Indigenous scholarship program students.
“Naidoc Week is a very important event on the school’s calendar, so we make time to celebrate it a bit earlier than the national event from 2 – 9 July as that falls during the School holidays,” PLC Indigenous program co-ordinator Tracey Walker said.
“Naidoc Week is one of many opportunities for us to raise awareness within our school community of the issues that affect Indigenous Australians.”
PLC Principal Kate Hadwen also acknowledged the importance of marking events such as Naidoc Week.
“The Gorna Liyarn girls bring so much to our school and these celebrations are one way of showing how much they have to offer and how the entire School can support Indigenous Australians and their culture,” Dr Hadwen said.
The name ‘Gorna Liyarn’ is derived from the Bardi and Yawuru languages of the west Kimberley and translates to ‘strong heart’ or ‘strong spirit’, the ethos of PLC’s Indigenous scholarship program.