“Here in Australia we’re fortunate enough to have one of the richest and oldest continuing cultures in the world. This is something we should all be proud of and celebrate.” Dr Tom Calma, AO
This week students and staff have celebrated NAIDOC Week, engaging with the 2020 theme “Always was, Always will be”. National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week honours Indigenous culture, language and traditions and provides us with the opportunity to reflect upon how we, as a Siena Community, acknowledge and celebrate Indigenous culture within our school.
This theme was explored in classrooms across all faculty areas and reflected in our staff and student prayers. Students were invited to participate in a NAIDOC Week Bake Off where they were encouraged to cook a meal or bake a recipe which celebrated an Indigenous ingredient, an Indigenous Art Workshop ran on Wednesday providing students with the opportunity to learn more about Indigenous Art and create their own representation of the theme. The Learning Centre encouraged students to borrow texts written by Indigenous authors through their display of a range of fiction and non fiction texts. In their Wellness Lessons next week, students will consider the ways in which Siena embraces Indigenous Culture through examining various sites, objects and artefacts around the school and will consider how these aspects enhance our school’s physical environment and symbolise our commitment to celebrate Indigenous culture, story and tradition.