NAIDOC week - significance of dance and connections

As a part of NAIDOC Week 2021 celebrations, San Clemente High School hosted an Aboriginal Dance Workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from our local Catholic primary schools.

Meeting in San Clemente’s yarning circle we began the process of connecting with each another in a relaxed and culturally appropriate setting. 

Moving to the Veritas Centre (school hall) we were joined by a selection of San Clemente’s Aboriginal Dance Troupe, some of whom have been learning dance with Hilary McEntyre for several years. The San Clemente students performed several dances for the primary students, much to their delight.

Students deepened their understanding of Aboriginal culture; the significance of dance, storytelling, connecting with community, learning new skills, making new friends, and sharing their stories.

San Clemente look forward to continuing to strengthen the friendships, community and relationships that have begun. Thanks to the staff and students from the schools who helped make the day possible – St Columba’s Adamstown, St Patrick’s Wallsend, St Peter’s Stockton, St Joseph’s Charlestown and St Columban’s Mayfield. 

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