On July 3, the staff and students at Warwick SHS came together to celebrate NAIDOC Week, which is held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. This year’s theme was “Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.”

To celebrate at Warwick, Jason Barrow from Edith Cowan University (ECU) performed a traditional Noongar ritual, the burning of the Balga (grass tree) at the front of the school. This ceremony is used to cleanse and purify a specific boodjar (country/land) and is also used to cleanse the spirit body and soul. The smoke purifies the area and prepares for a new beginning.

The group then moved to the quadrangle where we were joined by Wesley College Moorditj Mob (Aboriginal dance group). A few of Warwick’s own talented boys joined in the dance performance.

At lunch time the koorlangka (children/child) and staff enjoyed yongka (kangaroo) stew and sausages and freshly baked damper. The day was moorditj (good/great) and we look forward to celebrating again next year

Mrs Jade Muli
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer