Earlier this Term we held a fantastic whole school celebration in honour of NAIDOC Week and to acknowledge the incredible contributions of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The whole school Assembly to start the day was kicked off with a Welcome to Country by elder Kevin Fitzgerald from the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and an address from Deputy Principal John Triscari.

This was followed by some incredible dance performances created by Cooloongup Primary School’s Kaa-Kaa Middars dance group. The boys group performed a dance to ‘We Are Australian‘ and the girls performed a dance to Archie Roach’s seminal song, ‘Took the Children Away’.

After an incredible Didgeridoo performance by the Kookaburra Man (John), students walked through the cleansing smoke and then split up into their form groups to spend the day rotating through a range of exciting activities.

We had so many fantastic immersive experiences including:

  • Sports activities with the Stephen Michael Foundation
  • Viewing cultural artefacts with Olman Walley from Boorloo Cultural Experiences
  • Playing Wheelchair Basketball with Rebound WA
  • Getting up close and personal with native reptiles with Radical Reptiles
  • Immersive waterwise experiences with the Water Corporation
  • Cooking damper with Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi Dreaming
  • Didgeridoo lessons and tap stick making with The Kookaburra Man
  • Traditional rock art and storytelling with Kelly Collard
  • Learning about the importance of Noongar Boodjar Place Names
  • Creating rain sticks with our Art teachers
  • Baking lemon myrtle cookies with our Home Economics teachers
  • Learning about Indigenous Astronomy with our Science teachers

Plus, we created a giant mosaic of the Waugal (rainbow serpent) on a wall behind the Administration building. The beautiful design was created by Visual Arts teacher Ashlea Reale and put together by staff and students using tiles donated by Craft Decor in Fremantle and Ceramic One here in Rockingham.

Thank you to our wonderful NAIDOC Day organising committee for creating this event and to our wonderful staff, students and Aboriginal students and families who made this event such a success.