In the first week of the school holidays (July 3 -8), Australia celebrated NAIDOC week, which stands for ‘National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee’ and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity.
This year, our Year 10 students organised a special College Assembly. This included singing a Christian prayer in Language, an explanation of what NAIDOC week is, a very moving dance and the reading of a creative piece composed by one of our Indigenous students ‘Together we advance’, a story from an Indigenous perspective of a returned serviceman from the war. In performing song, dance and story, the girls acknowledged the achievements of their peers who have contributed to the Bethlehem College community, as they celebrated their culture.