National Aboriginals and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations are held across Australia in each year to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In Week 10 we celebrated NAIDOC Week at REC, with this year’s theme being “For Our Elders”.
Our First Nations students participated in activities including basket weaving, rock painting and the NAIDOC week march/family fun day at Tarntanyangga.
All REC students had the opportunity to watch Indigenous movies, participate in sand art and read books by First Nations authors. Their class learning that week had a particular focus on the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
On Thursday the themed casual clothes day raised funds towards resources for the REC Nunga Room. The Nunga Room provides a space for First Nations students to connect to culture, access resources for deeper understanding of identity, find community support and a sense of belonging, and access Literacy & Numeracy support, mentorship and career guidance.
One of the highlights of the week was the staff vs students basketball match – after a tough fought battle the staff team won by 2 points.