Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Our NAIDOC celebrations were held Monday, 16 September, responding to this years theme of Voice, Treaty, Unity.

The morning began with a whole school assembly.

Our guests included Samuel Bush-Blanasi, Chairman Northern Land Council, Robert Cooper, CEO Larrakia Nation and Leanne Smith from the Smith Family Foundation.

The ELC students performed Taba Naba and Inana much to the delight of the crowd.

NAIDOC Day 1

Our keynote speaker was NT ex-politician and current CEO of the Northern Land Council, Marion Scrymgour who unpacked the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the wishes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to move forward.

Mr. Glass launched our Reconciliation Action Plan and spoke of its vision. Copies were given to the Larrakia Nation and the Northern Land Council.

The afternoon was a celebration of our students.

Catholic Care NT brought elders to the Junior School for storytelling and face painting.

Celebrations continued though lunch with stalls, sausage sizzle and a NAIDOC cake.

After lunch the whole school gathered in the Dumabudla Centre for a concert which consisted of song, dance, drama and music.

NAIDOC

Our guest performers were Netanela Mizrahi, Jason (Guwanbal) Gurriwirri and staff members Nick Yates and Nora Lewis.

Jason sung in ancient Yolngu Matha,”miyapunu”, the story of the turtle.

The VCAL young men ended the show with a medley of songs with Nicholas Dhurrkay on the Didgeridoo providing our unique Haileybury Rendall School flavour to the playlist.

The day was a great success. Ms Kristy Hayes, Indigenous Liaison officer at the school said, “I found the day moving and had tears in my eyes seeing when our students were performing at the concert. The whole day was amazing.”