National Aboriginal and Indigenous Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week occurs during the school holidays from 4 July to 11 July, 2021. Holy Cross College celebrated NAIDOC Week from 28 June until 2 July, the theme is “Heal country, heal our nation”. This highlights the deep respect and connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with country and their yearning for reconciliation. NAIDOC Week celebrations the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
Unfortunately, our National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (NATSI) Mass was postponed until Winter Term, this did not stop us from celebrating NAIDOC Week. Through the week students from Kindergarten to Year 12 participated in a variety of activities including colouring competitions, painting cotton bags, indigenous nursery rhymes, lunchtime music, ‘Heal Country’ keychains and bracelets, the viewing of Little Cuz and Big J, lunch Aboriginal music and the Houses created their own Acknowledgement of Country. The College Café also served an indigenous menu throughout the week. We are grateful to our Aboriginal Education Assistant, Mrs Bennell for all her work in preparing these activities and celebrations.
Mrs Christina Davini
Assistant Deputy Principal, Inter-relationships