This year’s theme for NAIDOC Week is:
For Our Elders
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced back to the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
NAIDOC originally started as a protest on Australia Day. From 1940 it was held as an annual event, held on the Sunday before Australia Day and its name was changed to Aboriginies Day.
In 1955, it became a week to celebrate Aboriginal culture rather than a day of protest. In 1956, the NADOC committee (National Aboriginies Day Observance Committee) was formed with major aboriginal organisations, church groups, state and federal governments to make the first Sunday in July a Remembrance Day for aboriginal people and their heritage.
From the 1967 referendum, the Department Of Aboriginal Affairs was formed in 1972. In 1974 the NADOC committee agreed that the event should become a weeklong event. This was when the name was changed to NAIDOC Week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) as it expanded to include Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders.
Each year a theme is chosen for NAIDOC Week to reflect the issues or events for these people. This year the theme is ‘For Our Elders.’
NAIDOC Week is officially celebrated over the school holidays. As we are not at school, we have some events occurring to celebrate.
- Term 2 Week 9: School Assembly (19th June 2023)
The School Captains are educating our school community about NAIDOC Week and its history.
- Term 2 Week 9: Participating in Colouring competitions and Poetry Competitions
- Term 3 Week 1 and 2: Craft Making, poetry writing, colouring in
- Term 3 Week 2: School Assembly (17th July 2023)
Drama Club have been organising a performance for the assembly on the 17th July 2023.
We look forward to Term Three.
Humanities and Cultural Inclusivity
Professional Learning Team