Celebrating NAIDOC Week early

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Because of Her, We Can!

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

Goulburn South Public School has been learning about song lines through their cultural awareness training with Mr Peter Swaine.

Students from K/1G created some art work. Students inK-2 entered the Koori Kids Colouring Competition, while Year 3-6 students entered some of their creative poetry in the poetry competition.

Jasmine Picker shares her poem Spirit Dreaming:

“Come along on my story as we travel through land and time.

When they left a dint in our song lines as we hoped with loads and loads of glory,

Now friends and family live in peace although there is a massive crease.

Black is our culture, yellow is the sun and red is our home land.

Dreaming takes us to a place that’s full of love and lots of grace, Travel through time and find your story of the people in your family.

 As they runaround with big bright faces, 

But will never know their family faces.

Watch down on me as I dance and keep me safe,

As we spirit dream.”

Guest at the assembly was the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Goulburn secretary Veronica Ford. The group provides advice on all matters relevant to education with a mandate that this advice represents the Aboriginal community viewpoint.

After lunch the students participated in a variety of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fitness games.

As part of their studies about the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week senior students researched the role women played in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and in their families.

For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried the dreaming stories, song lines, languages and knowledge that have kept their culture strong and enriched them as the planet’s oldest continuing culture.

The Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council’s  (LALC) NAIDOC Week activities include a women’s luncheon on Thursday, July 12 at their office in Combermere Street.