Chatham High School held NAIDOC Week celebrations on Friday, July 6

Chatham High School got NAIDOC Week celebrations started early on Friday, July 6.

Students, staff and members of the community came together for a day of fun, learning and recognition of Aboriginal culture.

Students gathered at the start of the day for an assembly.

Aunty Sue Syron opened with a Welcome to Country, followed by a welcome from the male traditional dance group.

In coherence with this year’s theme “Because of her we can”, the assembly also recognised significant Aboriginal women in the community and Australia through a video presentation and interviews. 

Students then sampled traditional food and took part in a variety of activities.

Community Health Services workers assisted students with boomerang painting and 2TLP Ngarralinyi FM provided the soundtrack to the day. 

Event organiser Hannah Ballard highlighted the significance of NAIDOC Week to students. 

“It gives all the kids a chance to learn about and celebrate Aboriginal culture,” Ms Ballard said.

“It’s also important for building relationships and recognising one of the oldest cultures in the world.”

The school welcomed many primary school students from around the area to participate in the day. 

NAIDOC Week runs from July 8 to 15.