NAIDOC Week celebrated in Myall Coast Schools Bulahdelah, Wootton, Nerong MidCoast LGA (overall news) Myall Coast News Photo Gallery by News Of The Area - Modern Media - July 12, 2018 Eve White assists a student prepare for the celebrations at St Joseph’s. NAIDOC Week celebrations got off to an early start in the Myall Coast last week with local schools alive with indigenous song, dance and culture. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or firstname.lastname@example.org Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE In Bulahdelah, St Joseph’s Primary School students were joined by the Wandana Aboriginal group for a cultural activity day which included a Smoking Ceremony and creating a contemporary Aboriginal mural. Wandana CEO Brian Cook said the painting is about celebrating the story of the land and its people. “It’s about paying homage to the local Aboriginal community and the rich history of the school,” he said. “It incorporates features that talk about the school and Aboriginal Elders, the Myall River and ‘Boolah Dillah’, the most prominent feature of the local landscape and a site of special significance to the Worimi people.” This year’s NAIDOC Week, which runs from 8-15 July, focuses on the theme of “Because of Her, We Can”. Wandana Senior Aboriginal Tutor Eve White said the week is about celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous people, particularly the invaluable contributions made by women. “It’s about empowering the community about Aboriginal culture and all the women who have come before us,” she said. “Every child has a mother and every mother is an inspired heroic person just to go through that process, it’s about sharing the story of the women who have taken that role and passed on their wisdom and culture.” Celebrations also took place at Bulahdelah Central School where the Koori Kids Performance Group proudly shared their culture through song, dance and stories. Year one performer Kleon Reid said he “liked doing the fishing dance the best” because it teaches about “how the people lived”. The group, made up of Indigenous students from Kindergarten to Year 12, also performed at Coolongolook and Bungwahl Primary Schools and Bulahdelah Preschool. NAIDOC Week, the National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebrations Week, is observed annually across the country. Parent Karrin Briffa takes part in the Smoking Ceremony at St Joseph’s. Eve White performs the Smoking Ceremony at St Joseph’s. The whole school contributed to creating a contemporary Aboriginal artwork at St Joseph’s. The mural painted by students at St Joseph’s represents the local area. The artwork was unveiled at St Joseph’s. Students learn about the significance of Aboriginal artefacts at St Joseph’s. Junior members of the BCS Koori Kids Performance Group. BCS Koori Performance Group members Khloe Middleton, Dakota Edgerton, Sally Curnow and Abby Fenner. BCS students Taylah Tassell and Kleon Reid are proud to share their culture. BCS students Taylah Tassell and Kleon Reid proudly share their culture. Children enjoyed learning about the didgeridoo at Bulahdelah Preschool.