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NAIDOC Week

26/07/2013
​Tiddalik the Frog
 
On Tuesday  23rd July, the Bray Park School Community celebrated NAIDOC week with a special school assembly.   We dedicated the assembly to Auntie Jenny Coleman, one of our Indigenous Teacher Aides who recently passed away.
 
We began the assembly by acknowledging the traditional owners of our land and by singing our National Anthem and new school song.  A few students then explained the significance of NAIDOC week, so that we all understood why we celebrate NAIDOC week.
 
This year's NAIDOC theme was 'We value the vision'. This was because in 1963 the Yolngu people presented a bark petition to the government  about mining on their beautiful land. The petition became a legal document and helped to open the way for land rights of Aboriginal people. This week some classes will also be doing painting on the same type of bark used for the bark petition.
 
Mr Fogarty, one of our parents, played didgeridoo music and sang a traditional song for us.  We could hear all the different animal noises in the didgeridoo music.  He was very talented.
 
Mrs Speirs and more than 70 Indigenous students from our school then presented Bray Park's own musical version of the Tiddalik story.  Mrs Speirs narrated whilst the students performed the actions, sang songs and played musical instruments. The students also constructed and painted the props.  It was a feast for the eyes and ears!
 
The ukulele group performed "I Have a Dream".  It sounded great and we're sure they will do well in the show competition next week.  Many of the ukuleles were decorated with wonderful paintings that some of the Indigenous parents had created.
 
Another treat was the Indigenous dance performance by the Undambi dance group from Pine Rivers High. They were wonderful to watch and very skilful.
 
Several students read some poetry they had written about CELEBRATIONS.  These students have great writing skills and showed a lot of pride in their work.
 
Mrs Milne told us a little bit about Auntie Jenny and about how much she loved working with us here at Bray Park.  The indigenous students then placed painted seed pods into a special box whilst one of Auntie Jenny's favourite songs  "From Little Things Big Things Grow" was played. The act of placing the seed into the box signified how she played a part in nurturing our children as they grew.  This box was presented to Auntie Jenny's husband.
 
The senior and junior choirs finished the assembly by singing a traditional lullaby.  The song was beautiful and the singing was as well.
 
At the end of the assembly, all students were presented with a NAIDOC week armband.