Innisfail State School’s NAIDOC celebration

Some of the Torres Strait Islander dancers.

INNISFAIL State School recently celebrated NAIDOC with a special community celebration and an assembly, which started with the Welcome to Country. 


School leaders then provided information on the history and meanings of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag colours, as well as this year’s NAIDOC theme of ‘Heal Country!’


For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and language and it has been this way since the dawn of time.


Therefore, they have been calling for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of their culture and heritage for all Australians.


Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage. 


It is important that the culture and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are respected equally to the cultures and values of all Australians.


This year’s theme is about the historical, political, and administrative landscapes adapting to successfully empower and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, nations, and heritage.


Helenor Rassip and Prep student Jayden had the honour of cutting the special cake.


At the first break, students enjoyed a piece of cake and a sausage sizzle.


After lunch, Prep to Year 3 students then took part in 25-minute rotational activities, which included storytelling, handprint paintings, and Mob style dancing, whilst the older students did boomerang throwing with Rhaymus Tomarra, art, and damper making.


A colouring competition was held and, after judging, the winners in each grade were announced.


The festivities continued in the hall with energetic performances by the Innisfail State College dance troupe, followed by the Torres Strait Islander dancers outdoors.

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