“Always was, Always will be.”

Kaya! NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

At Warwick we celebrated NAIDOC Week from Monday 14 September to Friday 18 September with a range of activities, performances, food sampling and coming together as one.

The week kicked off on Monday with Home Economics students preparing kangaroo stew and damper to share and a learning through cooking class with Marissa from Bindi Bindi Dreaming for the Year 7 to 9 Creating the Dream students, and Year 10 to 12 Follow the Dream students.

On Tuesday we welcomed former student Katelan Stack (2013) in her capacity as Miss NAIDOC Perth to speak with current students. Art was the focus on Thursday with the start of a canvas that will be unveiled at a later date. Our students and staff, already committed to #racismitstopswithme, issued a challenge to schools around Australia to stand with us.

And on Friday, students and staff headed to the amphitheatre to hear Flewnt and DJ Optamus. Noongar hip hop artist Flewnt and DJ Optamus have performed at numerous rallies and festivals and are heavily involved in their community. Flewnt’s anthemic celebration of Noongar culture, Kya Kyana, put him on the musical map in 2018 with runner up WAM Song of the Year.

The week ended with the exciting news that School Captain Alana Dooley was awarded NAIDOC Perth’s Education Achievement Award for 2020.

A big shout out to all those who made such a great week possible:

Jade Muli (AIEO) coordinated the week’s activities with the support of many staff; Miss Sarah Cotter’s Year 8 and 10 Home Economics classes; Marissa Verma of Bindi Bindi Dreaming; Year 7 to 10 Creating the Dream and Year 10 to 12 Follow the Dream students, who pitched in and supported all events. And to the Senior Student Council who coordinated the #racismitstopswithme activities.

And a very special mention goes to the Year 10 Certificate I Leadership students who took on the coordination of Friday’s performance featuring Flewnt and Optimus; from the set up, cooking a sausage sizzle and emceeing the event. Great job boys!

Now to start planning for 2021!