The St Joseph’s school community will take time to reflect on the importance of NAIDOC Week during Mass in the first week of Term 3. During the service, students will learn about the importance of working with the Indigenous community to build a shared future.
The Mass will serve as a reminder to the whole community that no matter our differences, we share our country, our culture and our history and together we can listen to and learn from one another.
During the following week, students will have the opportunity to visit the Murrook Cultural Centre in Williamtown for a Cultural Diversity and Appreciation Experience.
The day will be filled with activities that will give students an authentic experience and allow them to see and understand Australia through the eyes of an Aboriginal person.
Students will learn the significance and meaning behind dance in Aboriginal culture and learn about the many events celebrated with dance, as well as try a few moves themselves.
The boomerang and spear throwing activities will teach students how these instruments are used for hunting and students will have a go at throwing and catching a boomerang.
The Worimi history workshop will teach students about the customs, habits and lore of Aboriginal society and give them an understanding of their unique connection to land.
Students will also get the chance to test out their art and craft skills as they watch a master weaver create baskets, bags and bird traps from natural and modern materials, before trying to create their own piece. Students will also learn about the use of traditional seeds for beading.