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Injinoo NAIDOC observance for 2013

2/08/2013

Drumming, dancing, face painting and feasting. All the essential ingredients for a successful National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC) at the Injinoo campus.

NAIDOC was observed on Wednesday, 24 July with an all day festival which began in the morning with a parade through the community with all the Injinoo Campus students marching behind the Australian, Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Flags and the banner marking the NAIDOC theme for 2013 which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions of 1963 which initiated the push for Indigenous Land Rights.

Activities continued throughout the day with a range of options for the students: dot painting, face painting, boomerang decoration, and barbecue morning tea.

Other events during the day were dance performances by the Injinoo Storm, and Injinoo Shake A Leg dance groups and speeches by Councillor Getawan and Councillor Mara from the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council.

The day’s festivities closed with a delicious traditional feast with a range of delicious dishes for for all to sample.

Principal, Ken Maclean, gave a “really big thank you to everyone in the Injinoo NAIDOC celebrations last week. It was great to see the high involvement of our students in celebrating their culture and, as usual, the participation from the community was outstanding. A special thanks to Reverend Mary Eseli and her team for their organisation – it continues to be a highlight of our school year”.