Narrandera High School finally celebrated NAIDOC Day, its first in three years, with the Welcome to Country welcome and Didgeridoo setting the stage for a day of inclusivity and education.
The highlight of the day was the final event – the commissioning of the mural by Stewart James.
Stuart explained the symbols and meaning of the artwork, which is an extraordinary example of Aboriginal culture that will now be an integral part of the Narrandera Secondary School landscape.
The dancers were joined by students from all grades to perform three local dances and the emotion and energy was hair-raising.
Each group of the year went through a series of activities, including:
- Dance – led by Neville Bamblett, Xavier Beachamp and local rangers Ben, Malek and Shane
- Aboriginal Art – led by Ms Golding and Ms Mallamace
- Native language presented by Mrs. Lyons and Uncle Roley
- Indigenous Games coached by Joy O’Hara, Glen Borg and Mikey Salafia
- Aboriginal weaving demonstration by Richard Gilbert, Ms Hoogers, Ms Gilmour and Ms Vidler.
A barbecue lunch was prepared with the help of Clontarf members.
This article appeared in the Narrandera ArgusSeptember 1, 2022.