Last week as a whole school we celebrated NAIDOC Week with some fantastic things on offer for our students, thanks to the generosity of the Clermont Coal Aboriginal Community Development Fund.and the Isaac Regional Council. We had Arthur Conlan run a whole school session and then Indigenous Art workshops with every class during the week, as well as work on some school projects. Then we also had Rocky Instincts run their Basic Instinct Program, where the students learnt about the Indigenous culture with respect to the basic needs of food, shelter and protection. The classes all learnt how they made fires and had a go at making a fire together. On Thursday evening they ran a community event focussing on bush tucker and fire making. We had the opportunity to taste some roo tail stew, damper, prickly pear and various seeds. We also had the Deadly Choices team setting up on Wednesday morning to do some community health checks and then offered their fun events to our students for the rest of the morning. The students attended with their teachers and got to have a go on the climbing wall, jumping castle and facepainting.
All in all, it was an excellent array of activities and our students should consider themselves very lucky to have had these opportunities free of charge, thanks to generous funding. Thank you also to our NAIDOC team of Mayleah Bembrose, Sharon Priestley and Larissa Mahoney who have been working on the planning leading up to the day. Particular thanks must go to Mayleah who was responsible for the grant writing and submission.