NAIDOC Week is a very special week held in the first week of July every year and it celebrates all the contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as well as celebrations that display the amazing cultures and cultural traditions carried out and performed.
At Corrimal High School we value the contributions of all our community and celebrate NAIDOC week during week 8 of term 3 every year. During this year's NAIDOC week students got many wonderful chances to participate and learn about the contributions of others and get a firsthand look at some of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures and traditional customs.
Throughout the week, roll call resources have been developed to help students learn some of the traditional names of places, animals and plants as well as some of the uses for these plants both traditionally and currently. Students have been able to link a variety of local knowledge and practices to that of the past. Students also have learnt about some amazing Indigenous people and their contributions to society including Uncle Jimmy Little who was a forefront for Australian Rock ‘n' Roll as well as a pioneer for the research and understanding of Kidney Disease.
Year 9 was lucky enough to partake in a Discovery Day at Corrimal High School on Tuesday 4th September. Students involved got hands on experience learning about women's business, traditional gathering and food, men's business, traditional hunting tools and weaponry and some Indigenous themed games designed to allow students to see how hard life would be without the amazing knowledge of the shared cultures. Nowra national parks guest presenters where in for the day to help run the activities and provided much of the bush tucker and all of the artefacts on the day.
Overall students where highly impressed, asking many questions and getting a feel for both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures.