NAIDOC week was very different to past years, though we still managed to connect to the significance of the message:
Always Was, Always Will Be.
Shane Snelson came in on Monday to share his artistic skills and work with students on the art project - a representation of his sketch of 'Warden Head'. All entries were posted on the Drama Studio windows on Friday for the final judging. Shane decided upon Ruby Riley-Brown's entry (Year 11). Ruby's artwork (photo) will be the basis for the UHS staff jumpers in 2021, SBAT work shirts and all communications of the UHS Aboriginal Education Team. Congratulations Ruby!
The NAIDOC touch competition was a big hit thanks to
Mr Hallett and Ms Earl’s organisation (full report below).
Friday's NAIDOC assembly was an intimate event with only Year 8, 9 & 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending (the revised date meant that Year 7 were at Coolendel, Year 11's were on their study day and Year 12 had finished their HSC).
Whilst the remainder of the school watched a pre-recorded video of the event, our students were fortunate to have Aunty Nell & Mrs Lofts, our Boonan dancers and Didge group 'Miribi Bunbal' to present in person.
Year 11 Dance created an interpretation and representation of a range of insights from our school community from Aboriginal Education Officer - Samara Williams, Elder Aunty Nellie Mooney, Teacher Ms Natasha Mooney, outgoing prefect Tear Locke and Aboriginal student mentor Mr Ben Barry. Students interviewed each of the participants in relation to this year's theme and have represented their responses through movement. The choreography is generated from their words and transferred to movement. The work, titled ‘Insights’ was accompanied by music composed by the soundtrack of Rabbit Proof Fence & Archie Roach’s Munjana.
Inspired by this year’s theme our Year 11, 9 & 8 Boonan dance students worked together on creating movement that was representative of their journeys combined with that of ‘Still here’ - Ulladulla High School’s Triple J Unearthed High Entry.
Congratulations to our Award winners:
1. The award for Commitment to Culture and Community: Angelique McCabe
2. The Commitment to Education and Leadership Award:
3. The Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award: Mrs Gough
4. The Uncle Fred Award for Educa-tional Strength and Resilience:
5. The Aunty Nellie Award for Courage and Compassion in Education: Dylan Hodge